February 22, 2014

In God We Trust

A minister who had an allergy which caused him to sneeze and cough around fresh flowers was asked to preside at a memorial service. He agreed with the understanding there would be no flowers in the room.

When the pastor arrived for the service, he was surprised to see numerous bouquets around the casket. Realizing it was too late to back out, he proceeded with the service, but in just a few minutes, he was sneezing and coughing so badly, he stopped and asked that the flowers be removed.

In response to his request, a family member approached and whispered, "Reverend, you told us about your allergy, and all the flowers here are artificial."

Things are not always what they seem. For example, those who trusted the Titanic was immune from disaster, sadly, learned that was not the case.

In whom or what do you put your confidence and your trust?

One of the most beloved passages in all of Scripture is the Twenty-third Psalm. These few lines from David’s Psalm express so simply yet  powerfully the depth of the poet’s confidence and trust in God:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me."
In 2011, the House of Representatives reaffirmed “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States. May each of us, as individuals, trust in God’s unfailing love and accept the Rock of Ages as our strength, our confidence and our salvation.