MID YEAR REFLECTIONS
We begin this month's post continuing to remember all the families who have been adversely impacted by the Pandemic worldwide. There isn't an avenue to articulate how saddened we are at the loss of so many, the prominence of fear in our society and the tension arisen by racism.
Coupled with an election year, which is always adversarial and confrontational in nature, we are praying for both parties, for the brave servants who do their best to vote their beliefs and serve our nation. We also continue to remember those on the front lines in our armed services and preparing for conflict.
During this past month we mourned the loss of Elvis Presley's grandson even more due to our documentary film, NO DOUBT, NO FEAR. I believe more than anything, we brevity of life, the challenges many face lead to depression, addiction and create great loss among family members. We continue to pray for this entire family including Billy and Liz Stanley along with David Stanley.
Our churches, synagogues and temples have been compromised additionally due to the health concerns of our world. As a family, we have missed worshipping inside our community. Recently, we have been praying young people especially would not lose their true love of Biblical community and this is of great concern.
While we started with our petitions and prayers, we have good news for this month on a number of levels. First, we want to share a scripture for August found in 1 Peter5:6-7.
Humble yourselves, therefore under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.
God cares for you and He cares for me. Even during the storms of life. I heard Bill Gaither say recently, "We are not all in the same boat, but we are all in the same storms". How are you dealing with your storm? What are you relying upon to help you through the hard times?
In recent days Billy Stanley has become very close to me. During the month of August every year, he can't help but think about the loss of his brother. This is a storm for Billy but God has provided Liz to be in his life, to help him in every way. Who has God brought into your life to help you in your journey?
Do you call them and let them know how valuable they are to you?
The good news is that Jesus Christ, a man who was born 2000 years ago was also the very cornerstone of faith upon whom the gospel was provided. If you know Jesus as your personal companion and soulmate, the Good Book says "Surely, I say unto you, you will have eternal life". This is the good news of God's love.
We have celebrated a new beginning to our ANIMATION area in VMFA this month. We welcome Paul Conner from the University of Colorado, Denver to our team. Paul has been part of the cinematic legacy of the biggest animation studios in the world as he has sent out many students into the film industry for decades. We thank the Lord for he, his wife and family and are honored to have him coming aboard.
There are times to pray, times to remember, times to reach out and times to stop and thank the Lord for all the blessings. We are thankful for every hardship, because we know, this is the true direction of His love. We are thankful for every blessing, for people, for stories, for our prayer partners and for you.
Praying for you today,
Dr. Kevin McAfee
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Kevin McAfee is a filmmaker who writes for the purpose of inspiring others to make a difference in the world through faith in God and using the visual language of film. His blog shares the hopes of impacting culture, because his heart is in media missions and the church. Below Kevin is seen with Lynn McAfee and Corina Pataki. Below this is Christopher Atkins from BLUE LAGOON and Dr. McAfee.