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Abide - John 15:4

What do you do when, in the words of the Friends theme song, “it hasn’t been your day, your month or even your year!”

2020 has been so hard for so many. Amirite?! For me, I can often reflect on what’s been lost or taken and perhaps close the book 📖 on this chapter, when the story isn’t over or even close to being finished.

Today as I reflect on the Lord, I am thankful for what remains. I think of the scripture “abide in me” how our loving savior abides in us through the good, through the bad.

He believes the best even when he’s seen the worst.

He applauds our efforts even though he doesn’t need our help.

He is holy even though we fall short.

He is worthy even when we feel unworthy.

He is enough. So much more than enough.

As I think of the Kupuna (seniors) in our church, this word abide makes much more sense. I think of the couples who celebrate milestone anniversaries, those who have been married longer than I’ve been alive. They have learned something about Abiding. I think of some who are watching their spouse’s health deteriorate yet they stand beside one another. They abide.

Friend, I preach to the choir when I say, don’t get caught up in what’s been lost. But pivot your focus on what remains. Abide in God. John 15:4 “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” #abide

~Pastor Dennisa

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