No, not turkey, stuffing, or mashed potatoes, but full of faith, hope, love, and peace in one’s soul. You can look at the present moment as the “end times” or keep your eyes on God. Only God knows what will happen tomorrow. Matthew 6:34 (NIV) says “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” With that said shall our worries be given up to God? Matthew 6:30 (NIV) says “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?” If God is before us who can ever be against us; (Romans 8:31) even in the pandemic.

All this is not new if you are a Christian. but what about those in one’s neighborhood or even our church members who are feeling lonely longing for someone to show compassion and/or a physical presence like a hug. Oh my, did I say hug? What can we do to “hug” our fellow church members and/or neighbors? Sometimes a simple post card, knock on the door, or a simple snack basket will show someone cares (“hug”) about them. High tech capabilities may have provided an external connection to extend church boundaries, but it has created a generation of “digital members” and how do we continue to keep the interest up? Give the neighborhood, church members, and digital members a joint project through indirect initiatives. If possible, meet by social distancing at the church or choose a mission project with no physical boundaries i.e., salvation army, toys for tots, habitat for humanity, feeding America, local community food banks, etc. These are examples of making contact (“hug”) with those around you. All of us needs to re-energize our soul (like the Energizer Bunny).

Here’s my music list to help fill, energize, one’s soul! Check out one or two and see if you don’t feel a “hug.”

  • “Into The Sea (It’s Gonna Be Ok)” by Tasha Layton
  • “Haven’t Seen It Yet” by Danny Gokey
  • “God Only Knows” by For King and Country
  • “Faith” by Jordan Feliz
  • “I Have This Hope” by Tenth Avenue North
  • “Peace Be Still” by Hope Darst
  • “Joy” by For King and Country

Staying full for the season,

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Author: John Huie

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