From the Pastor's Heart,

August 12, 2020

 

 

What has Changed?

 

When Brother Skip mentioned recently that it was time to write another article, my first thought was that I had just written one.  As I have said many times, the year 2020 has been flying by with each day bringing us new challenges, both personal and with regard to what is happening in the world around us. So it made me ask the question, what has changed since the last time I sent out a full article?

 

  1. For the Church:

    1. We returned to a limited Sunday School hour.

    2. We returned to one limited weekly worship service. 

    3. We were going to reboot the mid-week service, but put that on hold because of the rising numbers of cases of the virus.

    4. We have pews marked off with blue tape in order to keep our distance. 

    5. We have folks staying home for safety and we fully support that decision. 

    6. We even canceled a service because of a hurricane that never came.

    7. All these are done in the name of safety.

 

  1. For our personal lives:

    1. Many may fear that it’s the virus every time they get the sniffles or a sore throat.

    2. We wear masks and walk in designated directions in stores.

    3. We experience shortages of things we once took for granted. I found out this past week that there is a shortage of upright freezers. 

    4. We are unable to see loved ones in nursing homes and hospitals.  We are told that even visiting vulnerable family members and friends may be risky.

 

All these things are new to us and these are just a few of them. Consider also the events taking place in the world around us. Uncertain times for sure, but I don’t want these things to be a burden or struggle for us but a reminder.  The Lord Jesus said in Matt 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (NKJV)  Our Lord gave us these promises not just for salvation but also to help us in our everyday lives.

 

As I look back over the last few months, there is no doubt that God has brought us through so much, both individually, as well as the church.  We have said from the beginning and throughout all of this craziness that “God’s Got This!” We can hold on to that truth to strengthen us in the days, weeks and even months to come.  Keep on keeping on for the Lord. 

I love you and pray for each of you. God Bless,

PK

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