Doris D. (2008)
My faith has always been guided by God’s hands. I was very fortunate in that my mother’s father was a Methodist Minister, as was her brother, my Uncle Jim (both in the Illinois conference).
Going to Church was such a part of what we did as a family. I still have quilts that my dad’s mother and my mother quilted every Tuesday, either at church or on quilt racks in Grandma’s living room.
When my husband died in 1999, my faith held me together because I knew he was in Heaven with our Lord and was no longer in pain.
Blessed be our Savior.
Betty K. (2005)
When I was asked to jot down my thoughts for this booklet, it gave me the opportunity to really stop and think… Why seek Him?
Life holds so many unknowns that I cannot believe one would not want Him to hold their hand during life’s journey. Life holds ups and downs for all of us.
The last few years have had many “unknowns” for me. When one has children, young and older, parents have the opportunity to ask for His help many times. When illness strikes your partner for life, you depend solely on His love for comfort and healing. And when this earthly walk is over, you ask Him to take your loved one home. Who would not see His love?
The last nine weeks have been especially challenging for me. Being in a wheel chair with a broken leg has given me lots of time to think and count my blessings. It would have been a very trying time for me if I did not believe He was there with me all the time. He had a purpose for what happened and I have had an opportunity to re-evaluate my life. I think this is part of His plan. God Bless each and every one!
Angie S. (2008)
I am blessed with the access and time to cheer for Milan High School and competitively on a travel team. God has given me strength to endure several injuries allowing me to continue with this activity about which I am so passionate.
Greetings! This year's Advent devotions combine contributions from past years, interlaced with current contributions.
Introduction by the late Irma Ward, Pastor Emeritus:
"It is the prayer of those who have shared their Advent thoughts with you that this Holy Season will bring you a deepening sense of His presence. The One whose name is Emmanuel, God with Us!
Every page is personal witness of this fact, that in Christ we are encouraged, supported, comforted, challenged, forgiven, redeemed, blessed. Here are Scriptures of special meaning to persons in our fellowship; an intimate opening of hearts, a sharing of joy and pain, of promise and fulfillment. Some meditations are written by young children, others by youth and young adults, still others by mature and senior members of our fellowship. Each one reminds us we are one body, bound together in His love.
The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, we have beheld His Glory. (John 1:14)"