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When It All Works Together
August 24, 2014

“I’m glad to hear that you have problems too.”  This was the statement I heard after empathizing with a brother in Christ as we exchanged trials we had encountered.  “Oh,” he added, “I don’t mean that I’m glad you have problems. . . just that it helps to know that others, even pastors have them too.”  He was right, wouldn’t you say?  It does help to know that you are not in this alone.  Others face similar struggles with health, family matters, emotional and financial stresses.   On behalf of the Patrick household allow me to say “Thank you” to all who have been praying for our family in recent days.   I was reminded of a couple of things earlier this week that might be a source of encouragement to you, so allow me to share:   Following my heart stent the Doc told me he wanted me to do thirty minutes of cardiac rehab each day.  This past Monday at 7 am I found myself on the elliptical machine at the local gym.  That’s the contraption where the arms are pumping at the same time the legs are stepping and sort-a-gliding along, (forgive me if you already knew that).   While I was analyzing whether the arms were helping the legs, or the legs were helping the arms, I felt as though the Lord said, “All things are working together.”   Wow, an epiphany on the elliptical!   I saw a benefit in this moment for both myself and our church.  First, I recalled Romans 8:28 and was reminded that God was in charge.  He can and will make all things work together for our good.  Then, I thought about 1 Corinthians 12, where Paul likens the church to our physical bodies.  He speaks of each limb and body part cooperating with each other in order for the body to accomplish its tasks.   Without each member doing their part the body of Christ simply doesn’t function well.   Let me encourage you to keep supplying your part and gaining strength for the rest of the body (church). 

Thanking the Lord for how Things Work Together,

Pastor Dave


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