1 John 4:9

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This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. - 1 John 4:9

Dear Father in Heaven,

I heard it again yesterday, someone upset by all the trouble in your world asked how you as a loving God could allow evil in the world.  I confess that I wonder that too at times, especially when someone I love is hurt by evil.  I realize that I cannot know all of the profound reasons you in your wisdom would be patient with the devil and his demons while you prepare their final destruction.  But because of your Son, who came to endure their onslaughts with us, only to redeem us, I trust you.  Sometimes through gritted teeth, I trust you.  You showed your love among us, not by making our sinful lives easy but by sending him to live in this mess with us so he might rescue us all once and for all.  This allows you to rescue every perpetrator and victim alike.  I am living forever through him.  I will not die but will live.  So, today I will smile at evil because I know your Son and he has changed my life from death to life.  

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

There is an expiration date on the evil that plagues us all.