Community in Action December 16, 2020

Even youths grow tired and weary,

    and young men stumble and fall; 

but those who hope in the Lord

    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

    they will run and not grow weary,

    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

    So yesterday was a day of activity which left me spent from all the things I had to do. The churning of my mind, the tracking of my schedule, the meetings, the talking, the checking off of each thing that “needed” to get done.

    Of course, if those things didn’t get done could they have gotten done at another time? Some yes and some no. I must admit there was a sense of accomplishment at the end of the day. As I ate my chicken soup and chatted with Joan about our days the weariness seemed to slowly ebb from my bones. Yes, I was tired, but it was a tired that said you did what needed to get done and for the rest of it, there is always tomorrow.

    The coming of tomorrow helps me sometimes get through the day. When I am spent, depleted, emptied out, there is hope for tomorrow. I can rely on God to give me new strength through the night to be ready for the dawn of the next day. How that happens? I don’t really know, but sometimes I think it is just a bit of rest which gives me the replenishment I need to tackle a new day.

    Yet other times it just seems the Holy Spirit says, you need a second wind, breathe in the breath of life. I don’t know why that happens, but it is of course refreshing and encouraging to know I am not in this alone.

    I also know I feel rejuvenated when I look back at times when I have been spent before and the next day I am back on the treadmill again ready to run. I remember those times of discouragement when I can’t see how I will ever finish that project and then a break through comes in the solving of what ever problem is holding me back and I am on track again.

    Why sometimes do I feel like I can soar like the eagles and other times I am trying to run as fast as the snails? Again I am not sure, but I just try to do what I can do and to give the rest to God. Of course, it helps that I live in a community of faith where people are willing to help out when they can.

    So today, or tonight, just take a deep breath. Just sill your mind. Just open your senses to the movement of God in your life and I believe you will have your soul renewed giving you new hope for tomorrow.


    Pastor Randy

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