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Karen Sue Williams Jones, 67, died March 29, 2019, in Kingman, Arizona. She was born in McMinnville, Oregon, and raised in Yamhill, Oregon.
Constance McNeill, 83, died March 30, 2019 in Klawock. She was born Constance Williams on Dec. 24, 1935, in Klawock.
Geraldine Dix, 46, died Feb. 7, 2019, in Klawock. She was born Geraldine McNeill on April 14, 1972, at Mt. Edgecumbe.
Perspectives: Love, and extend grace


Life is hard! This summer so far my husband fell from a ladder and fractured a vertebrae, an acquaintance is diagnosed with a inoperable brain tumor, my family who was supposed to visit us here in Ketchikan for the first time together bowed out and I sprained my ankle twice! It appears sometimes that things just keep piling up in life and there is no relief.

God’s word says in Psalm 107:8-10, “Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” There are numerous scriptures that attest to Gods desire to shower goodness and blessings on mankind. But his word also says that he works things out in his own will and timing, which is not ours. I don’t presume to be able to explain why things happen, but what I do know deep down inside of me is that God loves us all with an enduring and grace-filled love. And he desires for us all to work together in unity for the betterment of all.

When we look around at our world today it can sometimes be hard to see the Lord at work. There is so much strife, hunger, fighting on every continent. I think it is important to recognize that the majority of situations are caused because of decisions made by someone or a group of people. Much of the strife in what we call third world countries is because a group of people have ruled badly, they have stolen, abused and greedily taken resources and life when they should have been ruling with love and grace. God has given each of us free will to do as we please, and mankind over the centuries has taken that as a license to be selfish and hurtful to others.

We in many ways are our own worst enemy. We can use the old adage, “the devil made me do it,” but in reality most of the time we make decisions that don’t result in good outcomes. In Matthew 12:35, Jesus says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.” In many situations what happens comes from choices that are made from within.

Here in America we have different views on how we should live together, but instead of working together to make our country united and serving each other too many are out for only their own opinion and desires. I believe that we are all men and women created by a loving God, none of us is different or more important than anyone else. No matter what color our skin is or what part of the world we come from we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. We need more love and grace in our lives.

So even though life is hard and things happen beyond our control lets try as best as we can to make good decisions that help others, let us love and extend grace to each other so that when life is hard we are being supportive, encouraging and helpful.

Lisa Scarborough is executive director Love In Action in Ketchikan.


Perspectives is a regular column sponsored and written by members of the Ketchikan Ministerial Association.