Our Refuge and Strength

Day 77-Part II

Sundsy, June 21, 2015

Northern VA

We were scanning the TV channels in our hotel room in Paris when we found a British version of CNN. The newscaster was reporting the story about the church shooting in South Carolina. They actually reported it as being in Charleston, North Carolina. The details were sketchy. It was not until we reached the USA that we learned the account of this senseless tragedy.

Because Mary was flying out on Sunday morning, I missed church. I hate missing church. So I came back to the hotel room and started flipping through the remote looking for a televised worship service. What I found was the Rev. Goff preaching from the pulpit of Mother Emmauel Church in Charleston, South Carlolina. His text was Psalm 46. God is our refuge and strength; Our ever present help in time of trouble.

His sermon was powerful, redemptive and healing. He called for all Christians to stand together against hatred and evil. He pointed those listening to Jesus Christ who is greater than any weapon or demon on earth or in hell. His practical application was that when we hold on to the hand of Jesus, we can endure any circumstance that comes our way.

I join with my brothers and sisters in Christ in praying for those who are grieving. I pray that Christians will stand together to end hatred, racism and violence. May God help us.

Thank you Rev Goff for pointing us to Jesus. Jesus Christ is our refuge and our strength.

I count it all joy,

Pastor Vallerie

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