Beacon Thoughts -Going through the Struggle

As the year closes, we can look back over our lives and think about how many times we “made it”.  We made it because of our perseverance in the struggles of life.  Some of this year was “smooth sailing” while other moments seemed to capsize our world with tsunami force.

Through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.  There continues to be moments of not understanding what God has for us or why bad things happen to good people or how the good die young while the bad lives on into their havoc.

I have questioned God several times this year which made my struggle intense at times.  I worried about persons, places and things that I had no control over.  I even gave up on God and found that God never gave up on me.

So this is no resolution for the new year, but a reality check that I must struggle to find strength and to activate my faith.  Faith the size of a mustard seed that seems stronger than my struggle.  Faith that lifts me up when I have fallen down.  Faith that wiped my tears when I was most vulnerable.  Faith to believe in people when the situation did not make sense.

I am broken.  I will struggle.  God will nurture my imperfections and vulnerable moments to capture the beauty of life so I can relax in the safety of God.

Life support is over…restoration begins…

Pastor Hoover



Another exciting Vacation Bible School is coming our way from July 7th – 18th Monday thru Friday evenings from 5-8pm at Cherry Hill UMC 3225 Round Road in Cherry Hill. Registration is required but there is no cost associated. Please consider not only sending your children, but also how you can help. We are stronger when we work together! Let’s make this VBS one to remember.

  Vacation Bible School (VBS) wrapped up another exciting season of gifts and ministry at the end of the summer.  Under the leadership of Sister Doris Jones,… Read more

Waiting for the Storm

Charles Albert Tindley penned these words years ago, “When the storms of life are raging, stand by me; when the storms of life are raging, stand by me.  When the world is tossing me, Like a ship upon the sea; Thou who rulest wind and water, Stand by me.”

That is where I was as we began making preparations for Hurricane Sandy over the past couple of days.  We took precautions for situations that just might happen.  We ensured the lawn furniture would not become projectiles, that the drains were clear and that there was enough food and water to last us should we have lost power.  But in the midst of the storm, God placed this song that became a prayer into my soul.  It offered a moment for assessment in the busyness of life to pray.  It engaged family concern to reach out and just say hi!  It allowed communities to come together in preparations for the unknown strength of the soon to arrive hurricane.  It made you consider making something that will last.

And so, the storm has passed us by.  By all assessments, some experiences were good where power never flickered.  Some were bad where power is still out or trees fell destroying  property.  Most importantly, it allowed me to take in the gifts of God –my family and friends and His goodness and mercy.  We may have lost things in the storm, but what have we gained in the process?  God wants us to be in connection and community with each other.  Dr. Martin Luther King called it, the beloved community, where we are all God’s children trying to make a difference on earth as it is in heaven.

So we’ve waited for Hurricane Sandy and she showed off and took her time.  There will be storms in our lives that may take their time, but our faith in God is what should last.  I passed a marque of a local Presbyterian church on Sunday that read, “Hurricane Sandy is coming; so is Jesus.  Will you be ready?”