Last year, during the Lenten Luncheons in Vandalia, Lora Foutch spoke at the United Methodist Church, sharing a message that was sincere and from her heart.
The daughter of a preacher minister and for a long time, Lora had felt the calling and desire to study to become a lay speaker.
The studies were accomplished, and Lora spoke at the United Methodist
Church luncheon last year, and although she felt a little nervous, the listeners appreciated, and applauded, her simple, but effective and inspirational, way of speaking from her heart, with a message that all could understand and relate to.
Lora again spoke at this year’s United Methodist Church Lenten Luncheon with a little different message, but with the same inspirational, effective message, which, again, many could understand and relate to.
She began by reading from Scripture – Malachi 3:6, “I, the Lord Do Not Change”; Hebrews 13:8; “Jesus Christ Is The Same Yesterday, Today and Forever”; and Corinthians 5:17, whic means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun.
She asked the question,” Are you changing?”
She quoted the serenity prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can change, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
She reminded us of the many modern conveniences we have today and asked what we would o if we no longer had them. She noted how much things have changed in the world over the years, how families have changed, and what used to be right is now wrong and what used to be wrong is now right.
She said that God is still in control, and knowing that gives her peace.
She concluded with a list of things to fast for this Lent, written by Pope Francis, including “Fast from hurtful words, and say kind words; from anger, and be filled with patience; from pessimism, and be filled with hope; from worrying, and trust God; from bitterness, and fill your hearts with joy.
Her talk was filled with encouragement to have faith and courage, and to have a peacefulness in knowing God is still in control.
Lora now serves as a lay speaker, alternating Sundays at Mt. Carmel, Haley Chapel and Luster Chapel churches with other lays speakers, including David Arnold of Brownstown.