But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

Dear Friends, I have been reflecting of late on my own difficulty with humility. As you may remember, I injured my shoulder last January and will be having surgery in a week to correct the damage. Intellectually, I know I will need some help as I recover. Emotionally, that does not sit well with me. I like being independent and I like feeling as if I am in control. I can hear God laughing as I write! I recognize that God is working through this set of circumstances to help me deal with this spiritual concern. Pride goes before a fall, indeed!

 While I am not looking forward to the weeks ahead, I am already imagining that this learning experience will help me be more empathetic to many of the people I minister to. The next time I make a hospital visit, I will truly understand what it means to be in pain or at the mercy of caring professionals. When I visit with the elderly and the disabled, I will have a better understanding of what it feels like to be dependent upon others. When I meet with churches who feel out of control in regards to certain circumstances in their congregational lives, I will comprehend what it is like to feel overwhelmed. Humility is a great teacher.

I pray that you will all  have a restful and inspiring summer season.  I know you will all be in good hands with Kelly and Rev. Don Rudalevige, who is covering for me this summer. I will be praying for each of you and will be humble enough to ask for you to pray for me too! Blessings, Jackie

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