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– Pastor’s Corner –

– Pastor’s Corner –

Pastor Beverly Thompson First Presbyterian, Cornell and New Hope Presbyterian, Hannibal Wow, has life taken a turn toward the strange these past few months. And, to make it harder, things keep changing – life feels like a moving target – more than usual.

For those of you who do not deal well with change, which is most of us, hang in there. If things do not go back to normal, then we will eventually develop a new normal, but it may not be right away – be patient.

So, what are we to do? We could panic, and run out and fill our closets with toilet paper, or canned goods, or we could fill our freezers with meat and vegetables, and anything else that might tide us over for the long haul.

What long haul?

Coming face to face with changes in our lives we cannot control, can be more than unsettling – they can be downright frightening.

Christians have an advantage. If we believe what the Bible tells us, then there is no need to panic; there is no need to worry, there is no need to fear. If we put our complete trust in God, we have nothing to fear, because we can trust God’s plan.

God’s plan in our lives is not always what we want. His plan is perfect, ours is not. The hard part is putting our complete trust in God, letting Him lead our lives and simply trusting.

This pandemic has had more than one of us pondering our mortality. As long as it is done in a healthy manner, there is nothing wrong with that. Even telling our loved ones what we would want should anything happen to us, is not a bad thing. On the contrary, it is a good thing, because it gives our loved ones the comfort of knowing they would not be left to guess what you would want.

What my pondering has brought me to, are the promises of God. We hear those words all the time, “promises of God,” but how many of us truly know what they are and what they mean to us?

The Bible tells us that God has made many promises to us and we should know what some of them are, because they are a big part in what will comfort us and what we want to hold tightly to when life, and the future, feel so uncertain.

I don’t have enough time or words to give you all of them, but I am going to give you some Bible verses to look up and find God’s promises for yourself. If you don’t have a Bible and you can go online, to, to look up the verses.

Here are a few of God’s promises to us: Romans 8:28; 2 Corinthians 1:3–4; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Philippians 1:6; Matthew 6:33; Matthew 11:28–30; John 4:14; John 10:10; John 14:2–3; James 1:12 Blessings and love.