First United Methodist Church
225 Ludlow Street
Hamilton, OH  45011
(513) 896-5683

Sunday Services
9:00 a.m. - Praise Service
10:45 a.m. - Traditional Service

Dear Friends,

In one of my Facebook feeds someone quoted Maya Angelou:

“Every storm runs out of rain”

That quote has just latched on to my memory as we are going through the trial of this Cov-19 virus. I am so used to reaching out to my neighbors and friends in times of trouble and getting together to find strength in the group. To sit down over a cup of coffee or tea. To share a meal or just to visit. But we can’t do that now. Somehow talking on the phone or texting just does not have the same comforting effect that a live body sitting across the table has. So, we have to find new ways to get the same feeling.

Our devotion booklet has been a help to me this time. The writings of Henri Nouwen help me see the hope. Last Sunday we read: “God want not only to be a God for us, but also a God with us. That happens in Jesus, the Emmanuel that walks with us, talks with us, and dies with us. In sending Jesus to us, God wants to convince us of the fidelity of the divine love.” (23)

In John 6 Jesus tells us: 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40 For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (NIV)

We are not alone. And from John 10: “…But you know him (The Holy Spirit), for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.” (Italics are mine.)

He walks with us, talks with us all through the rain. Jesus will see us through to be able to rejoice with us as the rain subsides.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Mark