Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
Pastor, Rev. David Jimenez

Dear Memorial UMC Family,

I hope this message finds you well and you are as blessed and joyful as God desires you to be. One thing to always remember is that God is good and His mercies endure
forever. Sometimes we may not see life in that way, but when we learn to trust and follow Him, we can start living life in such a way.

As you may know some days ago I took some time off and headed to the Virginia Mountains, particularly to a place close to the Shenandoah Park. The weather and the view were wonderful, and we were able to do the Skyline Drive on top of the mountains. The Skyline drive is about 105 miles long and crosses through the mountains touching many popular trails and overlooks. However, as we were driving there were points that we thought nothing else interesting would come up even though the map said that it was just around the corner – yet we kept driving, and indeed they were around the corner. Beautiful views and overlooks all around we just needed to keep driving; something similar happen on the hiking trails.

As we were doing one particular hiking trail, on the map it said that it would lead you into a river and then some waterfalls. As we were going down with my daughter Anna, we were concerned about the distance and time, as it was late afternoon and it gets darker when you are in the mountains. We remembered the map that pointed out to the location, but we could not see it anywhere, we have walked for almost two hours! Every time we would encounter a hiker we would ask how much longer until we reach the waterfalls and every time they will simply say: "just keep going and you will see it…". There were a couple of times that we considered to simply hike back, but we kept pressing on. Finally we were able to reach that sweet and beautiful spot. We loved it! We took many pictures, had a snack, rested and came back to the car full of joy.

Sometimes in our walk with Christ, something similar occurs. We have our map, which is our Bible, we know we are heading to a wonderful destination –where others have gone before us– but then we get discouraged. We think we know the map and we don't search for it, and we simply get discouraged and disappointed – we simply want to return. Along the way we encounter people that encourage us to keep going, to keep pressing on since the reward is more than worth it. It is then that we realize that indeed we need to keep going, to reach the goal and to claim the prize, to meet those who have gone before us. Well the purpose of this message is to encourage to keep going and to recover the joy of the Lord!

Psalm 136 talks about God's love and mercy since the creation of the world, throughout the history of Israel, and until this our very own time. I will only quote two portions:

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.

His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
is love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
4 to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

Did you catch the main theme? Indeed, for His love endures forever! Know that in your life, that no matter what your going through His love endures forever and He
will be with you and get you through this. Simply keep going! May God bless you!

Pastor David J.