Second Street Pantry was established as a community outreach program by just a few church members in 2011. Today, it serves hundreds of community residents facing food insecurity each and every month. Our hope is that every person who enters our doors feels welcomed, is fed, and experiences the love of Christ through our volunteers. We pray that all who enter leave with a sense of hope and love. Second Street Pantry is located on the church premises.
Written by Suzanne Dicke
DECIDING NOT TO SURRENDER
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong & courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the assessment that something else is more important than fear.” The fledgling courage within the cowardly lion in “The Wizard of Oz” strengthened & rose to the call when he considered Dorothy’s welfare more vital than his fear. Arnold Schwarzenegger provides this perspective: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships & decide not to surrender, that is strength.” The LORD God is with us; Emmanuel has come; the Holy Spirit gives us power & grace for the task, however daunting. May we decide NOT to surrender to fear or failure!
Prayer: Today I pray for the courage to face the difficulties all children of God must face. In my circumstance, I believe I will not be given more than I can handle; while any one problem or situation may seem overwhelming, I know God is with me if I set myself in concert with His will. I pray for the courage to act in accordance with God’s will, no matter the opposition or the cost of such action. For if it is right, it is of God, & He will be my support & comfort. He is the giver of courage to the fearful.