Just now when peace and confidence seem fragile, I want to tell you of two sources of it I have found. The first is in you who will read this email: I have talked to almost all our pastors and a lot of the lay leaders of The Capital District, seen you online leading worship and reflected on your texts. Each time I have been inspired by your devotion to the Lord and to each other. I serve with some amazing leaders and I am grateful for that. Thank you.
I continue to pray for you and yours and our entire world. Join me.
The second – and admittedly much stronger strength which I know you will all confess . . .
PUTTING AWAY CHILDISH THINGS? Maybe not.
I listened and watched several services yesterday. Thank you all. In one of the sermons, I heard the pastor made a passing remark that we (adults) sadly have to put away childish things just as the Apostle Paul told us to do in I Corinthians (When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child, when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 13:11).
I was caught by the reference because for a few days now I have wanted to be pretty childish and have the whole pandemic and all the worries that come with it go away. I have disciplined myself with the reminder that those thoughts are childish and distracting when I need to be addressing the matters at hand, but I do have them. And I have accepted them.
Because in my childhood l was blessed to be taught some simple and foundational truths: Jesus loves me. God will take care of me. Dawn will come. Do not be afraid.
Those truths are rooted not in me nor you nor the routines of my life that I admit to enjoying and now missing. But those truths, rooted in what God has shown he does for us in Jesus, are the truths that sustain life today and tomorrow.
Those truths have been tested, true, and, in ways, are being tested now, but with the testing has come time and again, the sustaining power of the Holy Spirit to know that those truths hold.
In childhood, I was blessed to have been taught next Sunday’s appointed psalm, Psalm 23.
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…
Look it up or say it now and you will find the peace of a child.
I know that Paul was right; I cannot live like a child. But I can trust like a child. And be at peace. May that peace be yours now and tomorrow.
Trusting like a child in Jesus,
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