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Friday, February 24, 2017

Daily Devotional: The Land of “What Is”

Friday February 24, 2017 by Dave Branon
Read: Psalm 46:1–7 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 9–11; Mark 5:1–20
Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

Even all these years after losing our seventeen-year-old daughter Melissa in a car accident in 2002, I sometimes find myself entering the world of “What If.” It’s easy, in grief, to reimagine the events of that tragic June evening and think of factors that—if rearranged—would have had Mell arriving safely home.

In reality, though, the land of “What If” is not a good place to be for any of us. It is a place of regret, second-guessing, and hopelessness. While the grief is real and the sadness endures, life is better and God is honored if we dwell in the world of “What Is.”

In that world, we can find hope, encouragement, and comfort. We have the sure hope (1 Thess. 4:13)—the assurance—that because Melissa loved Jesus she is in a place that is “better by far” (Phil. 1:23). We have the helpful presence of the God of all comfort (2 Cor. 1:3). We have God’s “ever-present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). And we often have the encouragement of fellow believers.

We all wish to avoid the tragedies of life. But when we do face hard times, our greatest help comes from trusting God, our sure hope in the land of What Is.

Father God, You know my broken heart. You know the pain of loss because You suffered through the death of Your Son. In the midst of ongoing sorrow, help me to dwell in the comfort of Your hope, encouragement, and comfort.

Our greatest hope comes from trusting God.

INSIGHT:
In Psalm 46, the psalmist uses exaggeration to express his trust in the safety God provides. He tells of feeling safe in circumstances where safety is unimaginable. When the very ground under our feet is uncertain, the psalmist expresses confidence in the protection of the Lord. He isn’t saying, “Do not fear” because our circumstances are not fear-worthy, but because our God is bigger than our troubles. In uncertain times, He is stable. The mountains crumbling into the sea is a graphic image of the most stable land feature giving way. In what circumstances do you need to remember that God is constant and unchanging? How can you express your trust in Him as your refuge?

When we do face hard times, our greatest help comes from trusting God.

Mark Your Calendar:

March 2:  Kick Off for Hoops for Heart at 10:45 AM
March 10:  Middle School Forensics @Kenston Forest School
March 13:  Spring Pictures
March 17:  Upper School Forensics
March 20 – 28:  Book Fair
March 21:  Open House 6 – 8 pm
March 31:  Hoops for Heart & Jump rope for Heart Event for Pre – K through 8th Grade

Birthdays This Week:

A Happy February 27 Birthday to Randy B.!!  A Happy March 2 Birthday to Samantha B. & Tyler G.!!

Meeting Period:

Monday: No School
Tuesday:  Weekly Meeting/AV Meeting
Wednesday:  Senior Chapel Talk with Cody B.
Thursday: Open
Friday: Environmental/Animal Club

Announcements:

The Mascot Cheerleaders will have their team party today in the café from 3 – 4 pm.

Spring pictures, Senior & Kindergarten cap and gown pictures will be taken on Monday March 13.  You will need to pay for your class picture on picture day.

Its Library Lover’s Month … stop by the library to browse books that have been made into a movie!

Amelia Academy will host Upper School Forensics on Friday March 17.  Students in grades 6 – 12 are required to attend school

Athletics:

Upcoming Events

Today, 3 pm – VCC Semifinals
Basketball – Varsity Girls @ Richard Bland College
#1 Amelia Academy vs. #4 Brunswick Academy
Players need to be dismissed from class at 12:45 pm; players need to make sure they have a ride back home as there will not be a bus

Today, 6:30 pm – VCC Semifinals
Basketball – Varsity Boys @ Richard Bland College
#1 Amelia Academy vs. #4 BS-H
Players need to be dismissed from class at 12:45 pm; players need to make sure they have a ride back home as there will not be a bus

Saturday February 25, 12:30 & 2:15 pm – VCC Finals
Basketball –Varsity Girls & Boys @ Richard Bland College
#1 Amelia Academy vs. TBD
#1 Amelia Academy vs. TBD