NUMC Methodist Church 1900 Pontoon Rd.
Granite City IL 62040-2339

Dear friends.

It's not every day you are contacted by the democratically elected leader of a country in the free world. But that's exactly what happened to me just a few days ago.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP, is also the Prime Minister of Australia, and he was kind enough to send, through me, a letter to Henry - the young man we have been praying and caring for from Australia who is currently in St Louis Children's hospital after an operation that may well see him able to walk for the first time in his 7 years of life.

Can you imagine being in hospital in a foreign country, and receiving a letter from the President wishing you well? It probably would never happen. But it did for Henry.

And it got me thinking. If the Prime Minister of Australia can remember a 7 year old boy 10000 miles away from his home, imagine how much more God cares for you.

The old hymn reminds us that God's eye is on the sparrow, and I know God watches me. Friend's, if God cares for a sparrow, God cares even more for you. Despite what circumstances you find yourself in - whether they be circumstances beyond your control or completely within your grasp, God cares and remembers you.

In the communion liturgy, we use the words "Do this in memory of me". We don't consume bread and wine to remember something that happened 2000 years ago, that word remember means in the past, in the present and in the future. To 'remember' in this way means to be fully known.

"God loves you and I love you and that's the way it should be". I learned that song in Sunday School as a child. And the truth of those words have never changed.

Grace and peace.

Pastor Mike

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