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By LISA SCARBOROUGH
Yay! the sun is here! I don’t know how long it will actually stick around, but it sure is nice when it has burned off the clouds and warms up the grass enough to mow it! When the sun shines many of us make time to enjoy the beauty of our island, hiking, boating, fishing, or just relaxing at the beach while the kids run around. It is a freeing feeling to be outdoors and warm.
Jesus the Son of God also gives us freedom, spiritual freedom from the worries, sorrows and pitfalls of life. His overwhelming love invites us to join his family through salvation (John 3:16 — "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.") and enjoy the peace, encouragement and eternal life this gift provides.
It is a free gift for all who call on his name. His desire is that everyone would accept this free gift of grace and salvation, in Matthew 18:14, Jesus says this: "In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish."
Do you know that God our creator longs for a personal relationship with each and everyone one of us, young or old, rich or poor, wherever we live, whatever we do? His plan was to walk among us, talk with us and enjoy his people. But long ago choices were made that caused a divide in that relationship and salvation through his son Jesus is his way to regain that personal relationship.
This is a come as you are invitation! We don't have to fix ourselves, clean ourselves up or be in just the right situation. He sees us as he created us and knows that once we accept his gift and allow him to work in our lives he can mold us into the best person we can be.
I hope that while you are enjoying the majesty of our surroundings you will give thanks to the one who created it and seek to spend time in his warmth and loving embrace. Enjoy!
Lisa Scarborough is executive director of Love In Action.
Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.