What a joy it is to extend spring greetings to you…at last.

During our Lenten season, our congregation is being blessed by a sermon series inspired by Rick Warren’s devotional book based on Psalm 23 entitled, “Living in the Goodness of God.”

If you grew up in a Christian home, you may have learned this child’s prayer: “God is great; God is good. Let us thank him for our food.” This prayer highlights two key characteristics of God: His greatness and His goodness. Perhaps in your community of faith you engage in the responsive statement, “God is good”, and the people respond, “All the time.”

But…is it really true that God IS GOOD to us all, all the time?

Absolutely, but many of us live like we find it hard to believe this when we are in pain or in the midst of conflict. When we are depressed, we tend to believe this may be true for everyone else, but not me. So how can we believe in God’s goodness when we don’t feel it?

Never forget God’s word confirms this truth over and over. Psalm 100:5 (TLB) reads “The Lord is always good. He is always loving and kind, and His faithfulness goes on and on to each succeeding generation.”

I encourage you to read Psalm 23. This psalm is all about the goodness of God in your life, and the psalmist knows why focusing on God’s goodness is so important, and how forgetting God’s goodness leads to all kinds of struggles.

God wants us to live in peace, confidence and protection. He wants to give us a life of influence and abundance, generosity and hope.

ALL this becomes possible when we believe in the “Good, Good Father;’ when we believe that “The Lord IS MY shepherd.”

May you be “Blessed to Be a Blessing.”

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