When I am afraid, I put my trust in You, In God whose Word I praise- in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? - Psalm 56:3-4
There is much for all of us to reflect on this year. We have just barely concluded a year like no other we have ever experienced as households, a church body, a nation and world. Isolated from each other, even family members, for months, perhaps a whole year, for some. We have lost friends and loved ones in numbers that exceed anything “normal.” Yet, it has also been a time of rest, slowing down, listening to each other in our households... experiencing true family fellowship. 2020 is a year this generation will never forget. Hopefully we have learned how to cope with the unexpected, with isolation, and loss, with contained emotions expressed in positive ways, and to know that God is always as close as our breath, there is nothing to fear.
..GOOD news is here. We are now able to resume in house worship in under certain conditions, and gather in small groups again. Spring is a hopeful time and we have much to be hopeful about, and thankful for.
During this time I have learned to turn to God more and more each day. It sometimes seems like God is giving us time to learn how to trust Him with the unexpected trials of life; to turn to His Word and seek solace and comfort in His promise of nearness. Through His Word and Holy Spirit presence, He encourages us to reach out to Him, to pray and seek His guidance in how He wants us to live out our beliefs in touching the lives of others we come in contact with. Stephen Ministry teaches the art of listening and caring. None of us can solve another’s problem or heartaches, but any of us can reach out and show the love of Jesus. Let the light of Christ shine in your life today, and every day, drawing others to Him.