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Perspectives: Winter blessings for all seasons


Romans 8: 35-39

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?”

I'll get back to that question in a bit.

As we go through these winter months, there are many blessings to be had. Such as; walks with family and friends, a fire on the beach, or, if you have a place at home, one there. It's a great way to get outside and get together.

It builds relationship. Having people over and being invited, as well. Jesus was always eating with someone or feeding people, as well. He wasn't worried about how large the crowd was, either (Matthew 14: 13-21: Matt 15: 32-39). He went around building relationship with people of all walks of life. In homes (Luke 19: 1-10) and outside as well. Many lasting relationships have endured through just being open to hospitality.

It can be pretty easy, really, or as fancy as you like. The laughter or the quiet as you read, watch a good movie, or just talk while the children play. It's all about relationship. I love doing it. Watching it be done by others, also. I learned it from my parents, who learned it from theirs.

Maybe you're already doing it and know the joys, peace and love that comes with it. Keep doing it. Get to know your neighbors, and others, as well. We live in a pretty great place, you know? I know that tough times come to us all. We need each other in those times, as well as the good times.

Back to the question. The answer is: Nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. You see, it's about relationship.

God bless and keep you all!

Marvin Reid is pastor of Good News Fellowship.


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