JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
(616) 405-6921
revjeff82@gmail.com

MAY/JUNE 2022 GRANGE NEWS

Each of us matters to someone. Your mailman is a beloved husband or wife. Your child’s teacher is a cherished son or daughter. The barista at your favorite coffee shop is someone’s best friend. Think about your people. How would you want them to be treated by strangers?
Each of us deserves love, kindness, and respect. Life is challenging. We can all fall into thinking that our people and our lives matter most sometimes. But the truth is that we all need each other. Every person you meet deserves to be treated like they are one of your people—the people you love and cherish most. If we can all remember to treat others with that kind of love, imagine what a difference it would make!

JULY/AUGUST 2022 GRANGE NEWS

What comes to your mind when you think of Independence Day?
For many Americans, the Fourth of July serves as a day to watch fireworks, barbecue and have a good time with friends and family. While there is nothing wrong with having these traditions, it is important to remember the reason behind why we celebrate this holiday.
Samuel Adams, the father of the American Revolution, was bold in proclaiming his faith. To him, signing the Declaration of Independence meant no longer submitting to Great Britain, but rather, submitting to the Lord. As a result, America would be free from the power of man and able to serve God. What a significant day in history!
It is important to remember what our duties are as followers of God. We are called to serve God and God alone, and it is such a blessing that we can live in a country where we have the freedom to do so.

​Oftentimes, the enemy will use distractions to keep us from fulfilling our duties. Being distracted by all that happens on the Fourth of July can cause us to 
lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday. This is dangerous, as it can ultimately cause us to stray away from God.

​So, why is it important to acknowledge the significance of Independence Day, 
and how can we do so in today’s world?

​American liberty is a blessing from God. Because of our freedom, we can express our faith and boldly share it with others. It is important to recognize that in 
many other parts of the world, this is not the case. The cost of following God is much greater for our brothers and sisters across the globe.

​With this in mind, I encourage us to not lose sight of why we celebrate Independence Day. Take time to reflect on the ways God has blessed you in your life 
and make it a goal to not take the freedom we have for granted. As you spend this day with family and friends, I encourage you to celebrate the blessing of freedom that was given to us by God.
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. ~James 1:17~ 
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