Picture 1:  Debby Petrosky, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn, Connie Watkins.  Picture 2:  Connie Watkins, Linda Yohe, Debbie Harn, Debby Petrosky

          Over the past few weeks as I have watched the news on television and have read the newspaper, there has been nothing but tragedy after tragedy.  There were so many murders, robberies, home invasions... and it goes on and on.  I thought about all of the people involved in these crimes and the people committing the crimes.  Of course, I immediately thought, "Why and what is this world coming to?"  The only answer I could come up with is what the world is turning from.  That, of course, is God.

          I know that life brings a lot of trials and tribulations, and sometimes we find ourselves in situations that we just cannot figure a way out of.  Desperation sets in and perhaps bad choices are made.  As Christians, we know that we never have to go through anything alone, that God is there with us in every situation.  He can and will guide us and direct us.  This direction is found through prayer and the study of His word.  I know... you may be saying I have heard all of that before.  But how often do we try to handle things on our own and don't ask for guidance until things have gotten really bad.  I know I am guilty of that.  We all need the Lord in our lives.   

          I would be pretty confident in saying that we have never considered murder or robbery to solve a problem, but look how many people do.  Have they ever heard that Jesus loves them, that He died for them, that He can comfort, strengthen, guide and sustain them?

          Now that the new year has begun, we should all make it a resolution to tell someone the good news about Jesus, and if we already know Him as Lord and Savior, we need to turn our lives over to Him.  Will you do that this year?  Give Him your all and share Him with other people.