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Karen Dumey

Thought of the Week

The Rev. Karen Dumey is the pastor of Hunter Memorial First Presbyterian Church in Sikeston.

Opinion

Trust in God in the new year

Friday, January 6, 2023

Last week I drove to my sisterís home to spend the day. My sister was taking care of her 3-year-old granddaughter ó my great-niece. When it came time for me to leave and drive home, my great -niece grabbed a little suitcase with a new outfit, a hoodie and a book inside. She told my sister to put her shoes on her. My sister asked her why, and she said that she was going home with me.

When my sister said that she couldnít go because I did not have a car seat, my great-niece said that was okay; she would just lie down so no one could see her. She had it all worked out in her way of thinking. She wasnít worried about not having things like underwear or night clothes. She assumed food and a bed were waiting for her. She wasnít trying to figure out how she would get back to her house. She put her trust in me that I would take care of her and her needs.

Our faith is to be one where we put our trust fully in God. We are to trust that God walks with us each day, cares for us and takes care of our needs. We are to trust in Godís abundant mercy and grace. We are to trust that God has a plan for our life. But, as we mature, it can be hard to fully trust God.

We want to take control and be in charge. We want to do what we want to do and not think about what God desires for us and from us.

As we begin a new year, perhaps a good resolution for us is to trust in God and recapture a childlike faith, where we will be free from worry and find peace and joy.

ďTruly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter.Ē Luke 18:17

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