St. Andrew UMC Pastor Pens Devotional Inspired By Grandmother
Q&A with first-time author Rev. Robert Hasley scheduled for Nov. 8
As a young man, Rev. Robert Hasley – senior pastor at St. Andrew UMC – wondered how his grandmother could always say, “Everything is gonna be all right,” when pain, harm and suffering persist? Yet hers was not a Pollyanna faith, but a faith that sustained and comforted in times full of fear, anxiety and stress.
In writing his first book, Rev. Hasley tells homespun stories and anecdotes of a life lived in faith through good times and bad. A compilation of his life experiences and devotional messages, Everything Is Gonna Be All Right is not tied to specific days of the week or year and may be read in any order for inspiration and support.
“Today we are navigating our way through unprecedented times caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, and we must look after our mental and spiritual well-being as well as our physical health,” Rev. Hasley said. “It is my goal that this book, a collection of my experiences of seeing God in everyday events of life, will help the reader to see how God is active in their own lives, providing hope and encouragement.
“My grandmother Maude Stephens is my inspiration for putting this book together. Whether I skinned my knee, got a bad test grade or dropped a pass during a big game, she was there telling me that everything would be all right – words which have been with me for a lifetime, words that provide a welcoming sense of comfort and words that we all need to hear right now.”
“A Night with the Author,” including a question-and-answer session with Rev. Hasley, will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, in the sanctuary at St. Andrew UMC. Attendance is limited to the first 300 registrants. A book signing will follow the Q&A. All proceeds from the book will support the ministries of St. Andrew.
Published: Wednesday, October 28, 2020