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From the Pastor’s desk…

February 19, 2018

“And the Lord God commanded the man saying, ‘Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day thou shall you eat of it you shall surely die.’” (Genesis 2:16, 17)

A good friend of mine retired a few years ago. Soon after retiring he and his wife were visiting friends that lived in a southern state. Their first impression of that community was a positive one. They immediately thought it would be good if they also would move to that warmer climate and get away from the winters in Western Pennsylvania.  It wasn’t long until their property in Western Pa. was sold and they moved south.

“Retirement is so good,”   he thought.

Well, guess what?  It wasn’t long until they moved back to Western Pennsylvania. My friends soon realized that they missed Western Pa. very much. They missed their many friends, their family, the Penguins and the Steelers. They missed about everything, even the weather. They really didn’t fully appreciate all the blessings they had in Western Pennsylvania.

We all are like that at times in one way or the other, aren’t we?  Just like Adam and Eve, we too sometimes believe that what we have now is not enough. “If only I had just a little more,” we say at times.

Adam and Eve didn’t realize just how blessed they were without partaking of that Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. And sometimes we don’t fully realize just how blessed we are right now.  Be sure to express your love and appreciation to those close to you.  Be sure to express your appreciation to our Lord for the many blessings He has bestowed upon you.