Good news! At times it seems as if you really have to look hard to find good news.
A few weeks back I mentioned that I had discovered a tab on my web browser for good news and I'm happy to report that it's still active. With all of the uproar of sensational news, my soul needs to connect with goodness. How about yours?
Well this weekend, I didn't have to hit the good news tab on a web browser because good news seemed to be all around. The Will-to-Live annual 5K fun run had a record number of participants. Over 1,700 runners, joggers, and walkers braved the cold January morning to share hope in a world of despair. At the doorways of River Trail Middle School, John and Susie Trautwein displayed a mental health kiosk the Will to Live Foundation donated to The Summit Counseling Center. This kiosk will provide mental health screening throughout the community. Our community rallying together to support mental health is heart-warming good news.
On Youth Sunday, our worship was both uplifting and inspiring. The scripture passage concerning the fruits of the spirit was brought to life by our wonderful youth group led by Brian Daoust. Focusing on the fruits of the spirit can truly connect us through God's Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. -Galatians 5: 22-23
As a congregation, the youth challenged us to practice the fruits of the spirit. When we do so, we don't have to look too far for good news. Through God's Holy Spirit, we become the good news.
Prayer for Today
Pour you spirit upon us, Dear Lord, so that we will bear much fruit for your kingdom's sake. Grant us love, joy, peace, forebearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Amen.