Sunday, November 30, 2014


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

II Corinthians: 1:3-4

As we exit the season of Thanksgiving and enter Advent, approaching the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I thought it was a good time to reflect on the many things for which I am thankful. Of course, I am thankful for my family and friends and for many other blessings God has bestowed upon me. There are some wonderful examples right here in our Aldersgate family.

I have an unpleasant disease, multiple sclerosis, so I have to be careful not to spend my time thinking, “Why me?” Instead I think about the many people who on Sundays come to where I sit on my transporter and ask how I am doing.   Some of them are dealing with their own serious health problems. I think about a good friend who phoned to ask how I was doing while he was dying from a terrible disease. I think about the many cards, emails, and phone calls I have received during the past two years because of surgeries, complications from surgeries, and other problems due to MS. I think about a beautiful young girl who comes to me every Sunday after our service, shakes my hand, and says, “May the Peace of Our Lord be with you.” I think about my wife of 48 years who watches over me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

I am certainly blessed to have this wonderful and compassionate Aldersgate family.

Rich Sharff