From: Rich Carlson
Date: October 23, 2020
Subject: It's October 23; Good Morning Union

“Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.”       1 Peter 5:7

The fifth verse that I categorized from Dad’s list as evidence of God’s Absolute Love is just the simple fact that I am cared for. It doesn’t always feel like it, but I know I am. The act of “casting” my cares on Him, is just a simple declaration on my part that I trust the One who cares for me, and though I don’t know how those “cares” will all work out I have discovered from experience, both doing it and not doing it, that casting them on Him reaps far greater security in life than trying to deal with them all by myself.

Because I believe He cares for me I know it is safer, in all the turmoil and confusion of life, to choose to trust His leading and His caring through the muddled maze called life right now. I need an anchor, I need a solid foundation from which to begin my daily journey into the unknown. I don’t know where life will take me today. I was almost hit by a car when I was crossing the street on my walk this morning. He was turning right and didn’t see me. After I jumped out of the way and finished crossing the street (on a green light mind you, and after he waved an apology to me!) I reflected on how uncertain all of life is. Instead of getting angry with the driver I thanked God that today I’m not in the hospital or the mortuary but I get one more day to live for the One who cares for me.

I don’t know what the rest of the day has in store for me but I do know two things:

  1. I have a God that cares for me
  2. I have decided to cast my cares and concerns, my worries and my unknown, on Him

And with that I will move through this day with my anchor firmly planted in Him, trusting my life to Him. “We have an anchor that keeps the soul; steadfast and sure while the billows roll; fastened to the Rock which cannot move; grounded firm and deep in the Savior’s love.”

Focus, focus, focus; I can’t get distracted.

Have a great day knowing Who cares for you,

Pastor Rich

Quote for the day:      “There’s always a message in the mess.”       Aaron Davis

PS        Family Worship @ 7:30 in the church. The Down Home Boys, blue grass band of Union College alumni, will be performing and Charlie Thompson, Youth Director from the Indiana Conference, will share a short message of hope. Join us as we welcome another Sabbath.

PPS      Afterglo right after Family Worship, sponsored by our Union College Horse Club. Thank you Garrett and other “riders!” Join us in the Atrium as we have food and a fun scavenger hunt with and through the Bible!!