The Kindness of God

Welcome! Did you enjoy last week’s snow? It was so beautiful. I much prefer a white landscape to a grayish brown one. Everything is so much prettier when dusted with snow.

Well, according to Punxsutawney Phil we’re in for six more weeks of winter. Since spring doesn’t officially begin until March 20, I’d say he’s right. But the sun is shining a little longer each day, and that’s a blessing.

I’m still enjoying the cardinals, blue jays, and black-capped chickadees that munch on sunflower seeds at my feeder. They’re especially vibrant against the snow.

Wasn’t it thoughtful of God to make male birds colorful? He could’ve made them all brown or gray so they’d blend into their surroundings. But he didn’t. He designed colorful birds of all sizes. It was even kinder of God to give them songs to sing. They’re so cute and enjoyable.

I have a friend at church who remarked once that it was so nice of God to give us taste buds. What an insight! I’d never thought about it before. We need to eat in order to live, but we don’t need to taste food in order to eat it. Who hasn’t had a cold and been unable to taste? It’s a bummer when I’m eating one of my favorite foods not to be able to taste it.

God obviously wants us to enjoy our food, though. Think about what Adam and Eve ate in the Garden of Eden – fruit. Fruit is sweet and yummy. Imagine how superior the fruit from the Garden of Eden’s trees must’ve been compared with grocery store fruit. If God didn’t want us to enjoy our food, he’d have made it tasteless.

The kindness of God extends far beyond designing vibrant feathers, composing beautiful bird songs, and sweetening fruits, but these are a few things to thank God for this week. Psalm 34:8 reads, “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (NKJV) This week when you taste an apple or see a blue jay, remember that God is good, no matter what’s going on in your life.

Prom dresses

Fallowfield United Methodist Church is hosting Dressed in Faith on Friday, March 10, from 2 to 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Lois Amos and Barb Griggs have organized this event for several years. Girls can choose from more than 400 dresses in all sizes. Shoes and jewelry are available to borrow, too.

Girls from any school district are invited to borrow a dress for prom night. Please come and see if you can find your perfect prom gown. You will find Lois and Barb very kind and helpful. This is a real community service. Please don’t hesitate to look around.

If you have questions, please call Barb Griggs at (814) 382-2560 or Lois Amos at (814) 382-2504. Please leave a message if no one answers and they will return your call.

Fallowfield United Methodist Church is located at 3993 Leach Road in Atlantic. Be warned: GPS will not work. I recommend turning down Adamsville Road from either Route 18 in Adamsville or Route 19 outside Meadville. Follow Adamsville Road until you reach Leach Road. You’ll see a small United Methodist Church sign. Turn there. The church is red brick with a big stained glass cross on the front. The dresses will be in the church’s basement.

I’ll give you an update on Fallowfield’s chicken pie bake in next week’s column. Have a wonderful week. Blessings!