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A Patient God
      But do not forget this one thing, dear friends; With the Lord a day is like a thousand years and thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead, he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.   2 Peter 3:8-9

      This has been a whirlwind of a year. If I were to write this devtion in thebegining of the summer, like I had planned, when COVID seemed to be under ccontrol, I would have written about hope in the movement of the Holy. People were getting vaccinated, ICUs stopped being overrun. It would have seemed like a great analogy as the coming of the Lord mostly represents hope to me. I thnk about being a child sick in school and having the nurse tell me that my mother was coming to get me. I knew that when she came, she would make things better.

      But now, it is the end of the summer. Delta variant is more easily spread affecting many who chose not to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the more vulnerable around them that could not get vaccinated and in my county, the hospitals are more overrun than they have ever been. I am tired of hmanity.

      Now I feel like the little sister that has been mistreated and threaten my assailant by saying, "My big brother is coming for you!" I knew that he would make things better and get'em!

      Thankfully, we are not under my control. Peter tells us that we are under the control of a more paatient God. 2 Peter tells us that God is not slow, but patient and giving humanity time to get it right. That means that we have the ability to change course and do what is right. God believes we can get it right and I should too.


Dr. Annie Lockhart Gilroy




Dennis Lain Downing
Great-Grandmother Dorothy Downing announces a new great-grandson


MARCELINE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
Would like to say thank you to all of our congregation
that are continuing to send in their Tithes and
Offerings during this difficult time. We hope to
see everyone's smiling faces again soon!!!


The family of
Phillip Smith
acknowledges with deep
appreciation your kind expression
of sympathy
Church Family
Thank you for the beautiful mum in memory of dad.
Crystal, Jessica and Families


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