“Lifting As We Climb”
Forward Lookers Federated Club
Meet Our President
Mrs. Mary J. Collier
Greetings Club Sisters,
“When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll; Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say, It is well with my soul.” The words to this hymn were penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford as he mourned the death of his daughters at sea. I have found myself singing this song quite often lately as the words of comfort and assurance in times of physical and spiritual crisis ring true in my heart. The words convey a sense of trust and ultimate peace with God’s plan for our lives.
With everything going on in our world today: the 2020 Census, a debated presidential election, and at the forefront of everything, the COVID-19 Virus; God is still in control. Even in the face of “sorrows” and Satan’s temptations to make us fearful, we as Christians believe, “it is well with my/your soul.” That experience of trust and peace derives from knowing with certainty that Christ has paid the penalty for “our sin, not in part, but the whole.” We find comfort in Spafford’s hymn which affirms that it will be “well with my soul” on the great day of Christ’s return and we will have “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine, because our “Hope is Built on Nothing Less than Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness.” Sisters, please know that the storms of life do pass away, but our soul is forever, and as long as it is well there, no storms can take that from us.
During this time of sheltering in place, we can ask God to direct us in ways that we can best be used for Him. Let us look within and discover personal ways we can serve and uplift others. Do you like to bake? Or cook? Or shop? If we have the desire to serve and lift others, there will be a place for us. Sometimes obstacles can guide the path before us, as in the case of the coronavirus. We might not travel to the far corners of the globe, but we can look for opportunities to help those in need----- whether they are our neighbors or have come from the other side of the world. Let us use this time to “Lift Others as We Climb.”
Mrs. Mary J. Collier