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The gift of now
Christine Wentzel
by Christine Wentzel
April 5, 2024

Listening to the news and the watercooler gossip about the news, there’s a pretty good consensus that everyone’s positive everything’s bad in the world. Trying to find any goodness and mercy in these stories is like searching for the proverbial needle in a haystack mixed with cow manure. Spend too long in the mire, and you’re going to need a bath.

Allowing ourselves to take in this constant conscious or subconscious drip, drip, drip of negative messages undermines the daily work of the Holy Spirit. And this actually grieves the Holy Spirit. Before we know it, we’re preoccupied by the past “should haves” or fearful of the future “what ifs.” When we’re distracted like this, it makes it more difficult to receive and make use of the God-given gifts that enliven and enable us to live a life pleasing to him—full of meaningful purpose, peaceful contentment, and joyful thanksgiving. 

Let’s accept today as a gift for what it is, a time of God’s grace. Remain steadfast in this faith walk so that by it others may witness and seek out the Good News of salvation, now more than ever! 

“You know that when you were unbelievers, every time you were led to worship false gods you were worshiping gods who couldn’t even speak. So I want you to know that no one speaking by God’s Spirit says, ‘Jesus is cursed.’ No one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:2,3 GW).