Recalculating, as Gertie, the voice on our GPS would be saying about now. I've been told that the date I gave you last week for the Imlay City Christian School Benefit Auction at Castle Creek is Saturday, April 21 instead of the 28th due to a scheduling conflict. Be sure to make that change on your calendar, and watch for other details to come.
Now that that bit of business is taken care of, I'd like to share a prayer from the devotional Mike and I are reading together this month. It was written by Dr. Reginald Smith, director of our denomination's Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice. He has also pastored inner city churches in Chicago and Grand Rapids. The following is part of the prayer he writes to go with this from Luke: "To you who are listening I say, 'Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you.'"
"Father God, may our minds no longer nurse our grudges and rehearse our scenes of hurt and pain, but focus on your grace granted to us in Jesus...Help us to follow you, Lord, Amen."
Bottom line, according to Pastor Reggie, is this: To those of us who claim to be under the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we're going to have to step up our game. It's easy enough to love someone who loves us back, but this kind of love is crazy and radical.
The secret is in the focus. He's certainly not talking about overlooking the very evils he advocates against. He's talking about looking beyond them to The One who carried the hurts and injustices we've experienced—carried them all the way to the cross. He's talking about the hard work of leaving them there. He's talking about the profound love He has now deposited in your heart. Amazing love—in spite of anything we have done. A love that has forgiven us and which is meant to be passed along.
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Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.