Word of Encouragement from Pastor Eugene Wednesday, April 29, 2020

As I have pondered this morning about what I would share with you today, my mind goes back to the time I was in grade school at a little country school called Wildcatt.  The brick building is still standing today at the intersection of Warren Road and Cold Springs Road east of Bloomfield.  I spent seven years attending school there and have many fond memories of those days—more years ago than I would like to think.  There were two rooms with two teachers and one custodian.  Grades one to three in one room and grades four through seven in the other.  When I look back, I am amazed as to how one teacher could teach all the subjects to four different grades in one year—yet they did it.
During one of those years (I do not remember which one) the teacher would put something on the board for all the kids (grades 4 to 7) to learn together.  The one I remember the most is the Twenty Third Psalm—she wrote it out on the chalkboard for us to memorize.  At that time, I did not know what it all meant but I still learned it. I do not remember how well others did but I know that today I can still recite Psalm 23 because of what she did.  How wonderful to grow up during a time when the Bible was a part of what we learned and God was included!
Perhaps many of you have also learned the 23rd Psalm and committed it to memory.  David was probably going through a tough time in his life when he wrote those words that can encourage us today.  “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:” he declares (verse 4).  How well that describes our situation today.  Then he finishes with “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Take another look at Psalm 23 and be refreshed in the truth of God’s word that appears there.   Be encouraged and lifted up!
Love you all,
Pastor Eugene
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