From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Good morning, and blessings to you all. Thank you for you work and service. May you always have a sense that you are serving in the House of the Lord and may you do so knowing you are blessed and loved. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you, or anyone, is in need of prayer or conversation.
We should always be prepared for a message from God. These messages can come from a dream, a piece of art, even someone we know. We can all be God's messengers of love and encouragement.
After he awakes, Jacob understands that he has slept in a sacred place, and he will name it, "Bethel" which means House of God. He then declares that "the Lord shall be my God".
Life is not always comfortable and sometimes it does feel like we must find rest in a hard place. Yet, this beautiful story reminds us that wherever we are, God is with us. May we, too, dedicate our lives to God, declaring that we are in the House of the Lord. Let us watch and listen for angels, and live with one another, content to love God, our neighbors, and yes, ourselves. This is how we can make our very lives a sacred dwelling place for God. Such comfort can be ours.
Let us open our hearts in praise and gratitude by praying Psalm 95.
O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,
Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
For the Lord is a great God
And a great King above all gods,
In whose hand are the depths of the earth,
The peaks of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for it was He who made it,
And His hands formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship and bow down,
Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.
For He is our God,
And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.
Psalm 95:1-7, New American Standard Bible
Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors