Community in Action December 19, 2020

See, I am doing a new thing!

    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?

I am making a way in the wilderness

    and streams in the wasteland.

Isaiah 43:19

    Are we there yet? I typical refrain when the road seems long and the anticipation is high. Or when the road seems long and the waiting is unbearable, not because of excitement to get there, but more because you are tired of being confined.

    So this pandemic seems to me to be much longer than I anticipated and too confining for my liking. Yet, we know that the guidelines given to us by the government and health officials are for our own good.

    I think on a positive side we have been able to reevaluate our priorities and have learned what is most important to us. Being connected has risen to the top of that priority list and the freedom to roam the countryside is more and more attractive.

    So how do we best weather this constant wilderness or wasteland? Can we find alternatives for our attention and our energies? Can we find some solace in self-reflection and continue to refine our future plans? 

    I know at some point I just want to do something. I want to have a meal with friends or participate in a social event or not make a flight plan, but just take off. But maybe now is the time to start planning for that break out party. Now is the time to make a list of people with whom you want to connect. Now is the time to consider how you could make the world a better place.

    We can still do something now. Maybe I should adopt a street which everyday I can walk and pray for those in the houses and take a bag with me to pick up, gloved of course, trash in order to keep it clean. Maybe I should plant something new in the yard or balcony pot. Maybe I should learn how to replace the screens in my windows and maybe even wash that glass which lets the sunshine in and keeps the elements out.

    It is not easy coming up with new things to do when our world shrinks so much, but then many of us have a list of what “I would do if I had the time.” So, why not take a week of vacation and instead of going somewhere do those odd jobs or read that book or refinish the furniture (that may be a bit over the top). But let us not forget we are partners in this creating of the world and we can find ways we can make this world a better place.

    Let us also spend time listening to the Spirit for our hope comes from the God of the universe who has a much broader view of this place than we do. Please feel free to share some ideas.

    Hoping to hear about the way you are helping to make a way in the wilderness or providing life giving streams of water in the wasteland.

    Planning to replace the screens soon with you,

    Pastor Randy

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