From the Pastor's Desk
IS ANYONE TIRED OF 2020 YET? I KNOW I AM!
Today, one of my colleagues posted on Facebook a picture of the 2 hurricanes that are
bearing down on the Gulf of Mexico, expected to hit land at the same time, fairly close together. It’s the first time in more than 60 years that such a thing has happened ~ he finished his post with
And each night, as I watch the local news, I hear how many days we have been above 110 and 115 this summer – both records now – and how many days our lows have been above 90 – also a record. We have already, officially had the hottest summer on record, since they began keeping records more than 100 years ago. All this on top of the pandemic, the election, racism, protests, riots and violence. #2020 indeed!
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. I get discouraged with every new thing. Whether it’s an “act of God” or human caused (directly or indirectly), every day it’s “one more thing.” But when I get discouraged, I remember Paul’s letter to the Philippians where he wrote, “1Therefore, my brothers and sisters whom I love and miss, who are my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord. … 4Be glad in the Lord always! Again I say, be glad! 5Let your gentleness show in your treatment of all people. The Lord is near. 6Don't be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. 7Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus. … ” (Phil 4:1a, 4-7, CEB translation)
He goes on, “12I know the experience of being in need and of having more than enough; I have learned the secret to being content in any and every circumstance, whether full or hungry or whether having plenty or being poor. 13I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13, CEB translation)
Because we are in Christ Jesus, we have hope that no matter what comes, no matter how dire it is, we are not alone. God is with us through it all, and we have the freedom to trust in God, to depend on God’s word.
Let’s continue the very important work of praying for one another, praying for the people of our communities, our nation and our world. Let’s continue to choose to be the Body of Christ as we struggle to find a way to be the human race, beloved of God.
Peace, Pastor Sharon