Have you seen the movies "Finding Nemo" or the more recent "Finding Dory" movies? If you have, you likely remember the little song that Dory (a fish with short term memory loss) uses to remind herself not to give up when things get hard, she repeats over and over again "just keep swimming."
Sometimes life is hard. Over the past few weeks I have heard story after story about church members and friends who are going through hard stuff. Some have diseases that aren't getting better, at least not quickly. Some have lost loved ones. Some are going through financial trouble. Some are lonely or feel like they aren't good enough because of mistakes they've made...but no matter the reason, it is tempting to give up.
I encourage you to think of Dory and her words to "just keep swimming" or even better to reflect on the words of scripture that share a similar idea. Galatians 6:9 says "let us not become weary of doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." or Psalm 37:24 that says "though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with His hand."
So don't give up, God's got you.
Pastor Scott McDermid