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Letter From Dan Preston - July 10, 2020

Letter From Dan Preston

July 10, 2020

Good evening brethren and Happy Sabbath!  Last week's memory verse was Daniel 2:44 (NKJV), "And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever."  Read below to see if you can gain some clues to this week's memory verse!

Family Time!

It was such a blessing to have my family come visit last week.  It was nice catching up, laughing about old times, and making new memories together.  Perhaps in a few weeks, I'll be able to go spend some time with them up in Ohio.

One of the things I particularly enjoyed was 'bench racing' with my brother.  For the uninitiated, 'bench racing' is when you sit around the workbench  in the garage (or perhaps the back porch)  and talk about cars and racing.  It's considerably safer than actual racing!

Who wins?

When you bench race, it's not like actual drag racing.  You can't 'fault' or 'trespass' over the starting line accidentally before the light turns green like you can in real racing.  So the reality is, when you're bench racing, everyone wins!

Real life, on the other hand, is different.  Especially when it comes interpersonal relationships.  While ideally, everyone should win, the reality is sometimes we wind up feeling hurt when someone has 'faulted' or trespassed against us.  If these issues aren't resolved correctly, the sad reality is that no one wins.

The path to reconciliation

The good news is, there is a solution.  It involves the hurt parties getting together to discuss the fault at hand.  That doesn't mean assigning the fault or blame to someone, it means discussing it.  More often than not, both parties can see room for improvement in how to handle things in the future.

We are called to be brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.  Let us deal with one another kindly, working through faults and trespasses, so we can gain our brother and sister's hearts and minds!