Pastor’s Post

Dear Friends in Christ,

Grace and peace to you!

The changes have been happening fast in our lives.  Everyone feels it.  Despite this rapid pace, I think people are slowly getting their footing. In talking with a checker at Target and one at Dierberg’s a few days ago, both said the rush was definitely slower than last week.   I  was in the store in late evening and actually saw toilet paper on the shelf!

I had a chance to visit with some folks from our church at the first gathering of “Morning Break with a Pastor”, a video conference now taking place each Wednesday morning from 10:00-11:00 am.  (Join us next week!)  It was nice to see and hear people from our church family. 

During that gathering, we talked a bit about new routines.  We talked about families for whom this change has been extremely difficult.   Even so, the conversation mostly drifted toward some of the positive changes.  For example, many of us are being forced to learn some new technology we hadn’t really needed up til now.  Some suggested they have been in touch with folks they have not kept up with as they had intended and are now glad to be catching up.  I think we are discovering how much we really enjoy being with each other in person and have discovered a greater appreciation for being “incarnate”.   

Another example of a positive thing you may have noticed is  how neighbors are taking time to have conversations on the street (from the proper distance) instead of just passing each other by.  Someone reported to me they are meeting people in their neighborhood for the first time even though they have lived in the same neighborhood for years.  And, have you heard about people in apartment buildings going out on their decks and joining together to sing?!

I hope you are finding some positives to focus on in all these changes as well.  There is good happening.  God is present.    Recall Isaiah 43:2  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”  

Peace be with you!

Pastor Ed

 

 

 

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