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Community in Action August 17, 2020

It was wonderful to worship together yesterday. It was touch and go for a while, but by the time we were into the service the weather had calmed down. I can’t say enough about those committed to see our Outside Worship happen.

    By all indicators the storm, which was an amazing heavenly spectacle in the early hours, was supposed to have passed by us. Any new developments were to go around Dublin, but as many of you know, that didn’t happen.

    There was a time before we went live that all electrical equipment was unplugged, just in case, and that was the reason we started a bit late. Even though we started later than normal  (what ever that word means any more) we had viewers who stuck with us and were able to celebrate God’s presence in our lives.

    The unexpected is really the only consist thing you can count on in life. There was no evidence of a storm coming the night before and yet when it rained it poured. When the lightening began to flash it wasn’t just once or twice but there were over 2500 lightening flashes early Sunday morning.

    Just when we thought the storm was passed the sky darkened again, the rain started to pour down, and the lightening flashes started up again, but we made it through. We did what we needed to do to make sure everyone was safe, but we also stayed the course of worshiping our God.

    So, too, this unprecedented time continues to roll through our lives. Just when we think we have a handle on it, just when we think we have figured out how best to cope, that is when a new wrinkle develops and we need to reset our thinking, our expectations and our lives, again.

    But just as the storm rolled through over and over again it finally subsided. The sun came back out, the sky turned blue, and we were back into a normal, very hot day. Yes, it would have been nice if the heat was broken for a while longer, but we didn’t have to run for shelter the rest of the day.

    So even though it seems the storm just keeps buffeting your life there will be a time when it is over. We will someday be able to pass the peace in person, with a touch of palms, through handshakes or high fives. We will be able to show our concern with a hug or a hand on the shoulder. We will be able to sit down and have a conversation sans masks.

    Let us keep up the faith. Let us persevere. Let us expect the best will come for we can still hold on to Romans 8:28, “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.”

    This is the more important consist thing we can count on. God will always be there for us, even through the dark and storm, God is there, God is here, for you and for me. For we are his beloved.

    Walking through the storm with you (and maybe even splashing in a few puddles along the way),

    Pastor Randy

 
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