It’s snowing⛄️ ❄️ in Huntsville, Alabama and we Californians are excited! We’re outside enjoying the snow flakes hitting our faces. You should see the wind blowing and the trees whistling. Not one of our neighbors has come out the door. The streets have no car 🚘 tracks. We are blessed and highly favored of God today❣️
Our guest speaker for Vespers was Pastor Sam Boynton from the Campus Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. His message was entitled "Who is Your Enemy?” taken from Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Can you really love an enemy who has done you wrong, even where abuse is involved?
It was hard for Joseph to love his brothers after all the abuse he endured at their hands. Even the name of his son, Manasseh, was a constant reminder of all the injustices he had suffered.
We cannot love our enemy without intervention from God. He removes the pain and hurt and during that process we learn to forgive others. You don't forget the experience but God removes the bitterness and desire for revenge. He gives us the resiliency to recover. To forgive is a heavenly trait that is imputed to us by God.
He has a better plan for us if we commit ourselves to Him. He will never give us a burden that we cannot bear. Let us imitate Christ who has demonstrated that we can forgive those who mistreat us.
The men certainly appreciated the pastor’s message. Upon entering the program, they first learn to forgive themselves and their loved ones. This spiritual healing is an outstanding part of their recovery.
Tonight at our Oakwood University “Overcomers” Support Group, we surprised Morgan Bond by celebrating her 21st Birthday. Since she is a vegan vegetarian, we bought a fruit tray instead of a cake and she loved it.
This was our first meeting since Christmas vacation and we were glad to see each other.
Two students gave a presentation about marijuana and we learned so much. Three of their friends came for the first time to support them. Our group is growing.
Thank you for your prayers. God is changing lives and we are privileged to be His servants and ‘campus parents.’