Fall is in the air! The frost was on my lawn as I awoke this morning. The calendar and the air temperatures tell me that change is coming, but my heart and mind can't believe that we are already into fall with winter approaching. It seems that another result of "Covid Time" is that it really doesn't feel like we had a Spring or a Summer and now it is impossible to believe that Costco has their Christmas trees out. Yikes!
I keep hearing that people can't wait for 2020 to be OVER. Next year has to be better, right? I believe that next year has the potential to be much better than this one, but only God knows the future. I believe that every day that we draw breath, every moment, is an opportunity to praise God and to offer service to all of God's children. It is indeed an option to pull a comforter over your head until New Year's Eve and hope for the best. You can do that....
You can also recognize that faith-filled, fear-free followers of Jesus are vital in our community and world, right now. We have the opportunity, and dare I say the obligation, to provide food and clothing and shelter and support to those who cannot provide that for themselves right now. We do indeed have the responsibility to make sure that we are prepared to vote in the upcoming election. We have the opportunity to show people that our faith in Jesus Christ changes how we deal with this world as we live with our bodies in the Kingdom and our eyes on the Knigdom of Heaven.
As the St. Mark's community, you are already recognizing the importance of your actions during this time. Thank you for continuing to support your church and thank you for the ways that you will support your church in the future. Thank you for participating in worship, either in person or through the online worship experiences. Thank you to the volunteers who are finding creative ways to address new opportunities. Thank you to the staff, who excel consistently and recognize that service to God through church "work" is way more than a job.
We could have never anticipated what this year would be. We are facing a pandemic, political unrest, social upheaval, and an uncertain future. The comforter over the head is an appealing option. But please remember that God is still creating, still working, still redeeming, still loving, still speaking.
In the Bible God's Holy Spirit is described as Comforter. This is not one to hide under but a source of comfort, confidence, and strength. May you find the strength and confidence from God to continue to make a daily difference for good in your home, your community, and your world. May you find strength from the congregation of St. Mark's, even as we are separate and together at the same time. And may you find strength in your own heart as we continue, especially now, into the future with hope.
Comfort, Peace and Blessings,
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”