This week’s article is written by Iris Saaf, a member of Godfrey First United Methodist Church, 1100 Airport Road.
Happiness is something we all would like to have. At times in our lives we all have had a few moments of that elusive feeling. Have you had any happiness lately? If you haven’t felt that happiness, open your Bibles to Matthew 5 in the New Testament. Here Matthew tells us that if we are humble, we will receive what God has promised. What greater joy than to know we will receive God’s promises. Farther down in the scripture, we are told that “Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them.”
Being merciful to others can be very easy. For instance, if someone lets the door close on you, don’t be angry. Forgive the person. They may not have seen you so close behind them. Another way to be merciful is to have no hard feeling or words for the person who cuts in before you when you are in such a hurry to get home. Maybe they have an even more urgent reason to get somewhere. We cannot know the needs of those around us unless we ask.
At our church, we have a special time to pray for those who are in need. Maybe this would be a good time to pray for someone with whom you have had a problem. It also would be a good time to pray for ourselves. God knows our needs, but He likes to be there when we recognize our own problems. He has the solution and it may be a very different from what we think will solve the problem. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to give God a chance to help us. As independent as we all like to be, it is nice to have God as an ally.