Job 1: 20-21 – At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away;
may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Job had literally lost almost everything that had meaning and value to him…in a short amount of time. Job’s reflection here shows that he understood that in good times or bad times, God is still on the throne and knows what we are going through. Regardless, He is still worthy of our worship, and we can put our trust in Him.

There is so much that has happened in our church body, and personally for me over just the last 2 months. I’m choosing to worship God for HIS Goodness and Faithfulness, even in the tough times.
I praise God that I had the pleasure of serving alongside and being friends with Cal Orr for over 25 years
I praise God for the friendship I have with Renee Orr, and that God allowed me to be there with her on that difficult night in December
I praise God that Renee is resting in the Goodness and Faithfulness of God, even when she continues to face difficult times
I praise God that HE connected Trina and I in College and we celebrated 30 years of marriage in December
I praise God that HE brought Dr. Landon Reynolds and his family to Southside in January
I praise God for the Staff and Teachers at Carver Elementary that acted so quickly to save the life of Luke Barrett
I praise God for the testimony of Vickie and Steve Pigate through their current trials, in both the ups and the downs
I praise God for the blessing of having such an amazing role model as a father, Cecil Gray, that I admired, loved, and learned from for the 53 years of life I had with him
I praise God for how HE’s working in the life of Christi Herod and her mom Becky Bower and their family
I praise God for his protective hand on Baby Haley and her parents, Jessica and Jamie Lane
I praise God for the testimony of love and affection from Bud and Mary Ann Litton and sharing their wisdom from over 65 years of marriage
I praise God for being a part of such a loving, caring, and supportive church

I could go on and on, but at the end of the day, HE is worthy of our worship! I’ve linked to a song that we will be introducing on Sunday, “Gratitude.”

I share this song today, because, as we face the ups and downs in life, sometimes that best thing for us to do is to just:

“throw up my hands
And praise You again and again
‘Cause all that I have is a hallelujah, Hallelujah
And I know it’s not much
But I’ve nothing else fit for a King
Except for a heart singing hallelujah, Hallelujah”

See you Sunday – Kipp