Dear Hyde Park Family,

Several years ago, when I was going through a particularly difficult time, I found it hard to envision brighter days ahead. I woke up one morning earnestly praying that God would give me some “manna” for the day, some tangible reminder that God would give me enough strength to take things one day at a time.

Later that day, I was driving back to my office from a lunch appointment when a song began to play on the radio, one that I had never heard before. It’s a song called “Blessings” by a Christian artist named Laura Story. You can listen to the song here. As I listened to the lyrics, I had to pull my car over, and I wept over the beauty of the lyrics and the way it was giving me exactly the message I needed to hear that day:

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel you near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from your word is not enough
All the while, you hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know you’re near
What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise


The Bible is filled with reminders that just when we think we’ve hit rock bottom, just when we think we are at the end of the rope, God is with us to give us just enough strength to see the “bright side” that is ahead of us. Maybe some of these passages will speak to you right now:

I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:12-13)

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. (James 1:2-4)

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.(Joshua 1:9-10)


If you or someone you love is going through a tough time, and they could use some “manna” to get them through their day, then our new worship series comes at a perfect time. It’s called “The Bright Side,” where we will hear some powerful words of encouragement from the Scriptures. This Sunday we will be looking at Paul’s advice to young Timothy, that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”

We hope that you will join us, either live or online, and let’s discover together how to find God in the bright side, even when times seem cloudy and dark.

Grace and Peace,


The Rev. Magrey deVega
Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist

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