The fallen American soldier remembered

I love the United States of America. American soldiers have given their lives defending principles of freedom that have incalculable benefits. Memorial Day also reminds us that we should avoid war when possible and look to it as an absolute last resort. 

To family members and friends of lost military personnel in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and other military actions between these wars, we honor the deceased and recognized your loss.

You will not make the perfect decision every time

Decision making has to be both slow and decisive. If you make a decision impulsively, you eliminate essential information. If you do not make a decision, the decision is made for you.

How do you get it, correct? There is no formula. Executing a good decision takes experience, wisdom, community, and divine direction. Still, no one makes the perfect decision every time, so we have to give each other margin to not be perfect.

Devotional and Prayer on Holy Saturday

I commend the Hendersonville Standard for printing and posting an Easter devotional I wrote. I hope these words give hope and strength to people. We can’t get enough positive messages these days!

One note about the article, our church is now known as CIL Church, which is an acronym for Christ is Love Church.

https://www.hendersonvillestandard.com/opinion/columnists/the-face-of-god-in-uncertain-times/article_af15fd2a-7b4c-11ea-994d-833d711d2d87.html

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The Collect (collective prayer) from the Book of Common Prayer on this Holy Saturday:
 
O God, Creator of heaven and earth: Grant that, as the crucified body of your dear Son was laid in the tomb and rested on this holy Sabbath, so we may await with him the coming of the third day, and rise with him to newness of life; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Join us online for Palm Sunday (April 5)

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I have missed not being physically together the last two weeks for services, but we have reconnected with old friends and many new ones through CIL online services.

On Sunday, April 5, CIL online will be available for you on Facebook Live, YouTube Live, and www.cil.church.

It’s Palm Sunday! Set your coffee pot timer, and join us at either 9 am or 10:45 am.

Let us start Holy Week by welcoming Jesus into our cities!

A prayer during this unusual time

I love you, Lord.
You are my protector and my shield.
You are my vaccine from every virus.
You are my wisdom in the face of change.
You are my provision in the famine.
You are my assurance when the numbers are short.
You are my comfort when I suffer.
You are my joy in boredom.
You are my energy when I am overwhelmed.
You are my hope for better days.
You have loved me well in every situation.
So, I love you this day.