Words of Wisdom (3-31-2021)
1. If you think you have it tough, read a history book. -Bill Maher
2. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.
– Oscar Wilde
3. Eat, drink and be merry. (Ecclesiastes 8:15)
Dear SUMC members and friends,
“Tough times never last but tough people do” was a catch phrase of the late Rev. Bob Schuller. When he was growing up on a farm, the family had a tough time one year. There was nothing left to eat. The family was debating whether they would have to eat the corn that they had saved for planting. They endured the tough times and planted the corn in the spring in the hope that they would harvest in the fall. Their hope and faith finally paid off. They survived the tough times and enjoyed the fruit of their hope, faith, and hard work.
We have weathered the storms of the COVID-19. We cannot thank people enough who helped us to survive these tough times. Front line workers, political leaders, research scientists, care givers, farmers, grocery store workers, truck drivers, restaurateurs, gas station workers, teachers are some of the people who have helped us to keep going. Finally, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. We will come out as more experienced, wiser, and stronger people.
After a relatively mild winter, the spring did not skip its turn. Robins are back and tom turkeys are strutting to keep life’s cycle going. After the winter comes the spring.
Jesus had a fruitful life, teaching, healing, serving God and loving people. And he fell into the earth and died. And he pushed through the grave of death and rose again as a new life in the form of Christians and Christian churches around the world.
Jesus’s saving acts are going on and we are his body, spreading God’s love to people of all nations. Our hope is in the kingdom of God where we worship God only and love one another as brothers and sisters in God.
The UM hymn “He Lives” (#310) has a line, “You ask me how I know he lives? He lives within my heart!”
Christ is risen and Christ is risen indeed!
Happy Easter to you all!
Pastor Jerry Cho
1. Our infirmities help us unexpectedly. – William James
2. No one can be a man who has not discovered something for which he is prepared to die. – Sartre
3. I was blind, now I see. (John 9:25)
1. Imagination rules the world - Napoleon
2. If it rained, flowers would grow.
3. To the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me. – Matthew 25:40
1. Friends are relatives you make for yourself. –Eustache Deschamps
2. Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.
3. God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline -2 Timothy 1:7
1. Wise men are happy with trifles but nothing pleases fools.
2. Biblical orthodoxy without compassion is surely the ugliest thing in the world.- Francis Schaeffer
3. A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. – Proverbs 17:22