Dealing with Disappointment
If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.”
Over the last few weeks, my wife and I have been enjoying the mini-series John Adams (if interested, you can stream it on Amazon Prime for free). As the title obviously gives away, this docudrama
is a brief retelling of the mid to late life of John Adams; from his involvement in the Boston Massacre, to his role in the Continental Congress, to his years as an American envoy overseas, to his
time as President of these states united. Although not intended for younger children to experience yet, this is a well-done series that reminds us of some of what our founders did and endured for our
freedom; a freedom that we may too easily and often take for granted.
However, this docudrama doesn’t only retell of the life and sacrifice of John Adam’s the politician and president. It also includes some of the life and sacrifice of John Adam’s wife and children. Without giving away too much, John Adams spent many years away from his wife and children; most notably when he served overseas as an American envoy and later ambassador.
As the series portrays, this absence especially impacted his son Charles; who, prior to his father’s departure for an extended appointment in France, looked with tears and a bit of scorn at his father while muttering the words, “You said you’d stay this time!” What young Charles seems to have experienced in this instance of his father’s departure was a great sense of disappointment. That is, after his father had spent so much time in Philadelphia with the continental congress, Charles had hoped and even been told that his father would now stay. However, with his departure for France, young Charles was left dealing with disappointment.
There are a lot of people dealing with disappointment right now. Hopefully not the same sort of disappointment that young Charles faced, but disappointment, nonetheless. Perhaps, disappointment that events and activities have been canceled, work has been postponed or put on hold, locations you liked to frequent in the Spring have been closed, summer plans have maybe been adjusted or put on hold, etc. Yes, a lot of people are dealing with disappointment right now; with having their hopes dashed.
Yet, isn’t this a great opportunity for Christians to remember and proclaim what will never disappoint and who will never disappoint? To remember, that by hoping in the Lord for grace and salvation, we will never be disappointed; that by trusting in Jesus, He will deliver what He promises and will be with us and will walk with us every day.
In Romans 10 the apostle Paul speaks of how God is true to His Word and deserving of our hope and trust. He says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the scripture says, ‘WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.’”
So, as Christians, in a time of disappointment, we lay hold of what will never disappoint and who will never disappoint. We lay hold of hope in Jesus; knowing that there is salvation in Him and that we are walking with Him; knowing that there is never, nor will there ever be disappointment when our trust is in Him – the one who lived, died, rose, and is coming again.
Please try to share the services and other information with those that do not have access to the internet. Suggestions on ways to do this are always welcome. Please reach out to others, especially those that may be more isolated and help keep tabs on each other, especially those living alone. If you or anyone needs help, please let someone know. Ali and Pastor Gideon have offered to be contact people as well as most anyone else.
If you hear that someone with an email address is not getting the newsletter, please let me know so they can be added. I believe we are willing to add non-members to the distribution list if you know of someone who would like to receive the email.
If anyone has something encouraging to share with others during this time, please send that information to me so it can go in the newsletter next time. It would be great to hear of ways that the Lord has blessed you during this difficult time. There is so much negative information out there right now that something positive would be great to hear!
Finally, please remember our church financial obligations continue almost as if this CoVid-19 pandemic did not happen. Please continue to support Hauge and Emmanuel as you are able. We realize some are having financial difficulties due to layoffs. Possibly those weathering this a little better can kick in a little extra. Your contributions can be mailed to:
Deanna Gard (Hauge Financial Secretary):
131 4th Street
Kenyon, MN 55946
The link to the service for Sunday, May 10:
Be still, and know that I am God.
The needs for missionary families include dry soup mixes, kool aid, card games and small toys, chocolate and gummy bears, mac and cheese, and special occasion napkins. If you are interested in donating some of these items, please place your donations in the box in the kitchen.
Our knitting and crocheting group is not meeting due to the COVID 19 public health emergency. Please keep knitting and/or crocheting, as well as praying for those in need.
We, as a group, continue to meet online for youth group Sunday evenings at 6pm and for High School Breakfast Bible Study Thursday mornings at 8am as well as a number of opportunities in smaller groups during the week-these links are emailed out to families. My Zoom office hours will be scheduled for Thursday 6-8pm. This office time is specifically designed for youth and/or their parents but anyone can feel free to jump on and say hello at zoom.us/j/751759469.