Community in Action August 13, 2020

How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?

    How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I bear pain in my soul,

    and have sorrow in my heart all day long?

How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Psalm 13:1-2


    Are we there yet? I don’t know about you, but I am ready to move back to BCD, Before Coronavirus Days. Our community, our nation, and our world have been turned on its head with this rampant and difficult to deal with disease.

    It is so pervasive and yet so subtle. The percentage of people who are exposed continues to grow, the bad news, but the number of people who are hospitalized and even sent to the intensive care unit has diminished, the good news.

    But, as they say, we are not out of the woods yet. The woods seem so dense and dark and scary, but we are making head way. We are learning to deal, reasonably well, in this new environment that requires us to be concerned about our neighbor.

    On Next Door I see more and more people showing concern for those who are struggling during this time. There are calls to provide food, shelter, and comfort. People are becoming more generous in their tipping to servers, allowing others to go before them in grocery lines, and greet each other with their mask on.

    It does seem like it has already been a long time and the end of these restrictions don’t seem to be in the next few weeks, but maybe in a few more months. But all is not lost. We are learning new ways of connecting with others and we immensely enjoy those few times we can interact with someone in the store or on the street or at Outside Worship.

    I, too, am becoming weary of this interruption of normalcy and feel a bit concerned about what changes we are making now that we will have to remain in place long after this is over. But I, too, like the Psalmist know that our God walks with us and our community of faith is becoming more resilient.

    Know this, that we still meet every Sunday, we still have a prayer chain, and we still can contact each other by phone or send a special greeting by mail, e or snail. Let us grow not in anxiety, but in trust, for our God is with us and so is our community of faith. 

    Blessings to you and yours,

    Pastor Randy

But I trusted in your steadfast love;

    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.

 I will sing to the Lord,

    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Psalm 13:5-6

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