By all accounts, King David was richly blessed and favored by God.  Chosen out of humble beginnings to lead Israel, David knew an abundance of blessings and became a beloved leader in the Judeo-Christian tradition.  You might think that such divine favor would mean a trouble-free life, but David knew a full share of hardship, sorrow, heartache, and regret through the course of his life.  Through those challenges, King David persevered in trusting God to be his help, as captured in the words of Psalm 40:1-2:  “I waited patiently for the Lord, he inclined to me and heard my cry.  He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog.”  The reality is that sometimes life leads us down into all kinds of metaphorical muck–broken relationships, addictions, bad decisions, guilt, divisions, and more.  We are blessed by the God who walks beside us and comes to us, even when we get stuck in the mud.

Please join Sedona United Methodist Church for Worship on Sunday, Jan. 12th at 9:30 am as Rev. Matt Ashley shares the message, “Stuck in the Mud.”  SUMC is located at 110 Indian Cliffs Road, just off the Back O’Beyond roundabout on Route 179 in Sedona.  Nursery and Sunday School every week and all are welcome!

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