Marlin First United Methodist Church
Monday, April 22, 2019

Church Newsletter


October 2017 Newsletter

7Where can I go from your spirit?

    Or where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I ascend to heaven, you are there;

    if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.

9 If I take the wings of the morning

    and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,

10 even there your hand shall lead me,

    and your right hand shall hold me fast.

11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,

    and the light around me become night,”

12 even the darkness is not dark to you;

    the night is as bright as the day,

    for darkness is as light to you.

Psalm 139:7-12


This past month has been a difficult one for many people across the United States and the world. To start off with, we had a series of massive hurricanes that swept across the Caribbean, Gulf coast, east coast, and Puerto Rico; causing untold amounts of damage, destruction, and the loss of human life. Not too long after, a series of devastating earthquakes rocked Mexico; while across the world, there was catastrophic flooding in South Asia, killing thousands and displacing millions. Then just a few days ago, we were rocked again by another tragedy; this time in Las Vegas where a lone gunman killed over 58 people who were attending a concert. In a world that is so filled with hurt, heartache and suffering, it can sometimes cause us to fear for the future. For we know all too well, our limited ability to control the events that are going to happen in the future, be they floods, other natural disasters, or acts of terror. It is in these times that I take comfort in the words of the Lord found in Psalm 139. For no matter where I run, no matter where I am, there is no place where the Lord is not. The Psalmist notes that even if they were to go to the farthest limits of the sea or go to heaven or into the pit of Sheol (The Jewish place where the dead go) the Lord is there and is with them. Even in their darkest moments when darkness seems to cover them; that darkness is like light to God and God is there. As Christians, though we face a dark world, we should take heart because no matter how deep the darkness we face, the God we serve brings a light that is brighter.