Dear Goldendale Community and Beyond,

How you getting along?

We’re just days past Halloween, and with November came state and national voting, which as we learn was very important! The cold of winter has begun. For some it means gathering wood or buying a ton or two of wood pellets. If you have outside animals, it means the increases of feed, managing water supplies (prevent freezing), and shelter from wind and wet stuff. Or for homes, it may be covering outside faucets and putting hoses away and storm windows up. Your clothing changes, too—warmer jackets, hats with ear covering, thicker socks, and sweaters come out from storage, too. That’s a few winter preps I thought of. I’m sure there’s more.

But may I go a bit deeper? The spiritual side of us has need of care as well. I have found still in my 64th year: I don’t want to just survive but to thrive—at least the majority of the time. So, a few things I do to thrive: I read scripture daily and keep connection with God going, also known as prayer. (I pray to/through Jesus. He’s my Advocate and way to the Father, God.) Sometimes writing in my prayer journal is needed as well. I have a few wise people I meet with regularly (for challenging and correcting me as needed—a mutual exchange.) I gather with others regularly to Worship—another encouragement and person builder.

Through Jeremiah, an Old Testament prophet, comes this: “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (New American Standard Bible) The New International Version has it as “plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” Either way, it’s good! I move my focus now to Jesus because He was later the Sent One, Messiah from God. He is Great with many strong attributes. Zeroing in on one of them: Jesus is the Prince of Peace—and the source of Peace. The world offers many counterfeits of peace, but they don’t last.

So the bottom line: in all the uncertainty and chaos going these days, if you long for an Anchor that’s solid and tested over the centuries, then look to Jesus Christ. Research Him seriously.