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Well, after I submitted my column on Tuesday, the school system made the decision to go virtual for the rest of the week. As I write this week’s column, the school is back in session. While there are some teachers, staff and students absent because of COVID-19, most are back so hopefully classes will stay in session.
Winter is definitely here. We have had several days of very cold mornings and predictions for this weekend are for continued cold weather.
This next week is Groundhog Day. Hopefully, he won’t see his shadow and we’ll have an early spring. Cold weather is essential for the fruit trees and to kill off some of the bugs, but I hope it doesn’t last long. The only time I like cold weather is if it brings snow!
As of this writing, the Central Baptist Association Fifth Sunday Singing will be this Sunday at Union Baptist Church beginning at 2:30 with fellowship to follow. Just when we begin to return to activities, the COVID-19 numbers have increased with adjustments having to be made.
Area churches are being hit hard with COVID-19, with several either having no service or online only, but so far Providence has been able to still conduct services. Continue to pray for those that have been diagnosed and their families.
My Bible readings are still in Psalms this week, continuing the thoughts on strength and protection. Psalms 91:2 reads, “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Repeating that God is my refuge and my fortress helps us remember that as Christians we are not alone. While things may seem challenging, we have hope and assurance because we can trust in Him to see us through.
As stated last week, we are not promised a life of ease just because we are Christians. But we have assurance that no matter what happens to us, that God will be there for us. A refuge or fortress is a secure place that protects us. That’s what God does for us, offering us protection from the storms of life. It allows us to be confident to trust in God’s love for us.
Continue to keep those who have lost loved ones recently in your prayers. There are several in our community that are not feeling well, and others have family that are having health issues. Please pray for their healing in God’s will. God knows their names and needs.
Until next week, take care and be joyful! Happy New Year!
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