From: Rich Carlson
Date: September 18, 2020
Subject: It's September 18; Good Morning Union

“The Lord bless you and keep you…” Numbers 6:24-25

Just reading the book of Numbers for class today and I came across a familiar verse from priest Aaron as he was preparing the people to start their journey home to the promised land—a trip that should have taken about 11 days and ended up taking 40 years because of their lack of faith. I wonder what kind of wandering I’ve had to unnecessarily do when I have chosen not to trust and believe in God and His ways for my life?

Anyway, Moses got word from God as to how His priest was to pray this blessing. In included 3 mini blessings:

  1. “The Lord bless you and keep you
  2. The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you
  3. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace”

The blessing basically offered three forms of assurance- I’ll take care of you, I’ll be kind to you, and I’ll give you peace.

I wonder what would happen if I made that same kind of commitment to the people God brings into my life- to care for them and their needs, to offer kindness and graciousness especially in the struggles and the stresses of the current culture, and to offer them the peace that passes all understanding—Jesus? No, I don’t wonder; I think I already know!

Have a great day blessing everyone who comes into your lives,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed” (Mere Christianity). C. S. Lewis


PS        Virtual Parents’ Weekend is here. All events will happen in the church this weekend so we can live stream everything.

PPS      Family Worship will be presented by Joel and his Union for Christ team. 7:30pm in the church.

PPPS    Afterglo, right after Family Worship will be hosted by Rebekah and her CABL friends (Collegiate Advocates for Better Living). There might be something to do with chalk so come with your creativity!