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All Saints Day


Pastor Darryl Miller

Sand Lake UMC, 

65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC, 

13600 Cypress, Ensley Township

 

On November 1 we celebrate All Saints Day. This is a wonderful time of remembrance. Typically we remember the saints that we have lost in the past year. But those of you who know me know that I don’t always follow tradition. I think it is good to remember all those who have gone before us, especially those who have helped us in our spiritual journey. Each of us can name at least one and probably many more that have been an influence on our faith walks. Some we knew personally, some we only listened to or read. But these people helped us to grow closer to God and that is worth celebrating.

In the 11th chapter of Hebrews, we find what many call the “Hall of Faith.” This is where Paul reminds us of the “heroes” of our past. He explains how Moses, Noah, and many others have been examples for us to follow. We should keep in mind that these examples are people just like you and I. They were flawed, not perfect. Too often we turn away from people who are trying their best to be true followers of God just because they are not perfect. Well, neither am I—nor is anyone for that matter.

God uses the flawed and fallen as mightily as those closest to him to show his grace. This means that he can use any of us to be a positive influence on those around us. We may feel that there are much better people than us around that should be doing this particular work—more educated, more fluent, more whatever. But God loves to use those who are willing no matter what their feelings about their own abilities. With God, you are a great example. And He can and will use you to show others what faith looks like. The bible talks of standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. To our children and our grandchildren, that means us!

Someday on All Saints Day, wouldn’t it be great to be one of those who are remembered as a good and faithful influence on another’s faith?  If we are willing to serve God in all circumstances, we will be.

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Crystal M. Gould


 

C-OBIT-gould-webCrystal M. Gould, 84 of Sand Lake, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Metron of Cedar Springs. Crystal was born June 11, 1930 in Sparta, MI the daughter of Newton and Ethel (Muir) Teesdale. She was a member of the Sand Lake United Methodist Church, Secret Pal Club and the Federated Garden Club. Crystal enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family, she was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Surviving are her children, Gerald (Eunice) Gould, Lloyd Gould, Barbara Gould, Carl (Margaret) Gould; grandsons, Chad (Tammy), Jeff, Kevin (Angie) Adam, Kyle and Cody; 6 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; brothers, Roger (Geraldine) Teesdale, Larry (Karen) Teesdale; brothers-in-law, Joe (Lena), Art (Linda), Sim (Patsy), Guy (Marilyn); sisters-in-law, Betty Gould, Glenice (Ken) Van Loozenoord, Judy (Jerry) Troupe; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, Alvin “Jake” Magoon; husband of 61 years, Wayne in 2014; sister, June Cisler. The family will greet friends Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at the Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs, where services will  be held Wednesday 1:00 pm. Pastor Darryl Miller officiating. Interment Sand Lake Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Sand Lake United Methodist Church.

Arrangements by Bliss-Witters & Pike Funeral Home, Cedar Springs.

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Thanks for the Crud


Pastor Darryl Miller  

Sand Lake UMC

65 W. Maple, Sand Lake

South Ensley UMC, 

13600 Cypress, Ensley Township

 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV).

I recently gave a message based on this passage. God often reveals himself in the words he gives me but not in such an amazing way as when we looked at this passage. It is not an easy concept. Giving thanks in all things is easy when things are going well, but when the world seems to be crashing in around us things can seem different. Thankfulness comes much slower and with more effort. Not long after we looked at this passage at our church, a couple came to me and told of how they had begun to pray and give thanks for the cancer that the woman has been struggling with. Not surprisingly, they struggled with the idea of thanking a loving Savior for something as devastating as cancer, but they immediately noticed a difference. The anger, the resentment, (why did this happen to me?) and the anxiousness began to subside. Others came forward and told similar stories. Sure it goes against the normal way of thinking, but then again, God has often done just that. He is good at turning what we think is normal on its head; that’s why I love Him so!

C. S. Lewis once said: “How can we possibly learn to rely on God if the need never arises?” I have had several challenges on my life journey, not the least of which is being blind, but God’s presence has been there all the way. I have been able to connect with people who are leery of those who cannot understand what they are going through. And I have been able to steer some to a pastor friend who has different struggles and can relate to them because he has had experiences that I have not. And connecting with and building relationships with others who have had similar struggles brings us blessings as well. Winston Churchill once said: “If you are going through hell, keep going!” Soon we will celebrate Jesus victory over death. The victory came after struggle and pain. After His suffering on our behalf, He arose, victorious and enthroned. The struggle is part of the journey. Relying on God really does make us stronger. If you are struggling with challenges, let them bring you closer to God. Let Him reveal Himself in your life in ways you have never expected. Learn to lean on God and you will find a strong tower, a firm foundation, and a Savior who loves you.

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