The Shepherd's Nook,

Some of you are old enough to remember a time in which a phonebook was an essential part of every household.  Likewise, you probably remember the slogan associated with the business section of that printed directory called the Yellow Pages. It went something like this: 

                                       “Let your fingers do the walking.”


I thought about that this week as I pondered the times in which we live.  How do we assess what is happening in our nation, and perhaps more urgently, how do we address it?   Think “Yellow Pages.”  Let your fingers do the walking through the Bible, then let the Bible do the talking. 


There are many voices out there trying to help us make sense of all of this.  Some are well-meaning and make some good points.  Others seem to border on insanity.   However, the church needs to worry less about trying to provide commentary/perspective on these days and more about providing sanctuary/peace.  Like the apostle Paul, we need to continue to:


            “… preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.  For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

                                                                        I Corinthians 1:23-25


What our nation and world needs now is what we needed before COVID.  It’s what we continue to need during COVID, and it is what everyone will need after COVID… the peace of God which passes all understanding.  It’s only found through Jesus Christ.


Still the sweetest name I know,

Bro. James