Min. Misti Sawyer

All of us, in some way, have been affected by the pandemic this year. Many have contracted the virus, lost their lives, or suffered tremendously from a financial aspect.  Not only have we dealt with the pandemic, but we’ve also experienced a lot of chaos in our current political climate. We have truly been surrounded by negative, and many times, heart wrenching news.  To add to the list, the Holiday Season should be a merry time, but due to unfortunate circumstances, it is a dark time for many across the world.

Isaiah 61:1-3

61 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

            We need to stop, pull away from all distractions and media, and remember.  We need to take the time to reflect on all that Yeshua came to do for us and the fact that He is still interceding for us today. Contrary to what the enemy would want us to believe, Jesus didn’t come to be a sacrifice for us, and then leave us in our times of need.  The scripture, while it was Jeremiah speaking, reminds us of what Jesus came to do.  It speaks of Yeshua comforting all that mourn, giving us beauty for ashes, and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.   Sometimes, we need to reflect on our own lives and remember all that our Father has brought us through.  My husband and I took a moment to remind ourselves of how the Father healed our marriage 12 years ago. Without the Father’s mercy, 4 out of 6 children wouldn’t be here, and for that, we glorify Him. Not that we are perfect, but our Father’s mercy restored what could have become a broken home. I often think of what a doctor said to me, “you never should have had children the way that you did,” but look at my God. I share these testimonies often to encourage others, and to remind myself just how loving our Father really is.

            Today, stop and reflect.  Remember the goodness and love of our Father, as well as Yeshua our Savior.  Stop and praise Him today for all that He has done, and will continue doing in your life.  He is a good, good Father who will never leave nor forsake His children.

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