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Updates from Monadnock
The Gift and the Giver
Our fall season comes and goes so quickly here in New Hampshire. The leaves have changed and the temperatures have been dropping. The colors of the leaves were vibrant and breathtaking. I understand why fall in New England is so beautiful. I hope you had some time to enjoy it.
Each season has a way of reminding us of God's design in creation, that each part serves its purpose. We see green and lush life come forth in the spring and we see death literally fall in beautiful and vivid colors at this time of year.
Our True Beauty Fall Women's Retreats had close to 250 women in attendance from all over New England. So many of our women find themselves in such diverse and challenging seasons: health concerns, losing a spouse, addictions, prodigal children, contemplating divorce, and the list goes on. Of course not all seasons are bad, as some are experiencing the joys of grandchildren, new marriages, freedom from addiction, children following the Lord and their callings, etc.
One conversation in particular caught me off guard. A woman was contemplating if she would've married at all if she had known in advance what her marriage would be like. By the end of the retreat she shared with me that God had done a work in her own heart, and she was going home to fight for her marriage.
As we work through the different seasons of life, I hope you know you don't face them alone. If we can pray for you or support in anyway, please let us know. Even more, I want to remind you that God is with us regardless of the season. In the devotional, Streams in the Desert, F.B. Meyer wrote, “The education of our faith is incomplete if we have yet to learn that God’s providence works through loss, that there is a ministry to us through failure and the fading of things, and that He gives the gift of emptiness…One way or the other, we must learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the Giver.”
I hope you are trusting the Giver, in whatever situation or season you find yourself. I know we are trusting Him as we currently are in our lean season "financially" here at MBC. Please keep us in prayer, as we continue to steward well what we've been given. Also be praying for our men's retreat and our Home for the Holidays event, that God would stir the hearts of those who need His touch at this season of life.
Have you experienced a loss of a loved one? We would like to provide a space for you to share and to help you deal with grief, especially over the holidays. On Sunday, November 22nd we will have an event called “Home for the Holidays.” Please join us for a time of remembrance and care.
This event is FREE and a light dinner will be provided. We also have an overnight option available for those who live further away. A love offering will be taken that night as well.
*A hands-on workshop for individual adults and families to process grief and loss, especially in preparation for the holidays.
*A candlelight Remembrance Service will take place at 6:30pm: A time of honoring loved ones as well as seeking hope through the holidays. This service is also open to those who cannot attend the workshop.
**Bring a framed photo of your loved one to place at the front of the chapel.
**Please Register by calling 603-532-8321 or click on heading to learn more information.
Our men's event continues to grow each year. Don't miss out as we learn what it takes to have "True Grit" to become the man God desires us to be.