Editor:

Last Sunday our church at Indian Falls celebrated Children Day Sunday, where the children have a large part of the service. It used to be on the second Sunday of June, when I was a child, but now has been moved up to the Sunday before Memorial Day.

The little ones sang and acted out their songs, which told us in music and words, what they have learned from the stories of the Bible, during Sunday School. It was fun to watch and clap to give them encouragement for a job well done.

Not only do children need encouragement but we as adults do too.

That word “encouragement” got me to thinking about its meaning, so naturally I went to the dictionary to find the meaning of encouragement or encourage, and it stated, “1. To inspire with courage or hope, 2. Spur on, 3. Giving, hope or promise.”

Yes, when I think of encouraging someone it would make me think of being kind or thoughtful. Giving them praise or saying something nice to spur them on and giving hope for something better.

When we have done something praise worthy it’s nice to hear from others how much they liked what we said or did.

God knew that we would need words of thanks and praise, so God gave us his Holy Word, the Bible, in which He wrote many words of encouragement. The problem is we forget to open it and read the words, of hope and promise.

In Isaiah 40:31 it says, “Those that hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (NIV).

Let me encourage you, who are reading my letter, to make time each day to be strengthened and empowered, by reading the Bible and communicating with God, through prayer. Then we can spread His Word to others and encourage them to walk in His way.

The Holy Spirit, Who Jesus left as our Helper, will give us the encouragement that we need, to tell others that Jesus is alive and that some day he is coming back to take us home to heaven. In Mark 16:15 Jesus said, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”(NIV) That is not a suggestion, it is a command!

I’m so glad that I am ready to meet the Lord when he returns and if you have Jesus in your heart then I know you are ready too. Until then I will sit at my kitchen table, have a cup of coffee and a cookie or two, as I continue to write letters of encouragement to all of you.

Jean Rudolph

Akron

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