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Friday, July 19, 2024 at 5:24 PM

Faith and Life -- Answered Prayers

Once per week or so, Fallon’s faith leaders offer their thoughts on faith and life. Any church or faith community of any kind is welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have ideas for topics we should write about, or if you or your pastor or faith leader would like to participate, please call Pastor Dawn Blundell at Epworth UMC, 775-423-4714.
Faith and Life -- Answered Prayers

Author: Courtesy of Stan Lattin

If you’d like to talk more about anything you read here, or if you would like prayer or a listening ear, we hope you will reach out to one of us. If you don’t already have a church home, you are invited to join us for worship, too! You’ll find contact information and worship times below.

Where have we seen Answered Prayers in the midst of a global pandemic?

Beth Perazzo, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
For more info, please call 775-742-9040 or visit www.churchofjesuschrist.org

Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (KJV John 14:27). Many may be feeling unsure and afraid for health (of the young and old especially), finances, and access to the necessities of life. A few of the answered prayers deal with vaccines being developed, increased donations to help those in need, and most consumer goods still being available, but to me, the biggest answered prayer is the feeling of peace.

 

Dawn Blundell, Epworth United Methodist Church

Senior Pastor

Worship Sunday mornings online at 9:30 am on Facebook Live and KVLV AM980

For more info, please call 775-423-4714 or visit www.epworthfallon.org

As I try to answer this question, “Unanswered Prayers” by Garth Brooks keeps echoing in my mind: “Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.” There have been lots of answered prayers, of course: health restored, babies born, love found, crisis survived. People everywhere putting their prayers to work, too, by stepping up for each other. But everything isn’t normal yet. Covid is still here, our comings and goings are still restricted. Life isn’t perfect. And the gift in those unanswered prayers I see is an appreciation for each other that continues to deepen. A patience and camaraderie born of long endurance. There is still plenty of complaining, too, don’t get me wrong. But on the whole, I see God working in this pandemic to strengthen us in some important ways.

 

Chad Biar, St John’s Lutheran Church

Senior Pastor

In-person worship at 10:00am; parking lot drive-in service on 90.9FM

For more info, please call 775-423-4146, or visit www.rtgfallon.com

Personally, in this last year, I managed to: get married, graduate seminary, get ordained, buy a house, move across the country, be installed as a pastor here in Fallon, and am now expecting my first child in a few months; so that’s more than a few prayers answered. Professionally, despite a few hiccups, my congregation continues to meet for weekly worship, and our Room to Grow childcare center continues to offer its services to the community, and I understand Churchill County is doing better than most in terms of vaccinated percentage of the population. Life is by no means perfect, and there are certainly difficulties along the way, but God has definitely been with me along the way so far.

 


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