Presidential Blessing: September 1, 2018

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Presidential Blessing: September 1, 2018
The Blessing of a Family!
Greetings from Brazil! I arrived here this afternoon for a two-week “vacation” while dealing with a family emergency. This Sabbath, I will have the privilege to preach at the church where my wife and I got married in Vila Velha, ES, nearly 31 years ago. Also, during another vacation in Brazil, I baptized my father there, 23 years ago. So, that church is very special to me!
A few hours ago, during the Sabbath opening devotional with my family members here, we pondered about the blessings of marriage and family. Inspired by God, Ellen White wrote extensively on these topics. I selected a few quotations (below) as a form of my appreciation and love to my wife and my children and for their support as we minister together. I also pray that you, your spouse, and family continue to enjoy a loving relationship as you serve the Lord.
“All who enter into matrimonial relations with a holy purpose - the husband to obtain the pure affections of a woman's heart, the wife to soften and improve her husband's character and give it completeness - fulfill God's purpose for them.” AH, 99.
“Those who are contemplating marriage should consider what will be the character and influence of the home they are founding. As they become parents, a sacred trust is committed to them. Upon them depends in a great measure the well-being of their children in this world, and their happiness in the world to come. To a great extent they determine both the physical and the moral stamp that the little ones receive. And upon the character of the home depends the condition of society; the weight of each family’s influence will tell in the upward or the downward scale.” AH, 29.
“The family tie is the closest, the most tender and sacred, of any on earth. It was designed to be a blessing to mankind. And it is a blessing wherever the marriage covenant is entered into intelligently, in the fear of God, and with due consideration for its responsibilities.” MH, 356-7.
“Home should be a place where cheerfulness, courtesy, and love abide; and where these graces dwell, there will abide happiness and peace. Troubles may invade, but these are the lot of humanity. Let patience, gratitude, and love keep sunshine in the heart, though the day may be ever so cloudy. In such homes angels of God abide.” MH, 393.
May God continue to bless you and your family richly in your faithful service to Him!
I intend to take a little break for the next two weeks and the Sabbath messages will resume on Sept 22.
Let’s pray together for:
1 - Our beloved spouses and children as we serve God and His people.
2 - Our Schools – principals, teachers, staff, and especially our children - God’s Treasure - as the new school year begins on Tuesday, Sept 4.
Happy Sabbath!
In His Service,
Wesley Torres, D.Min.