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Psalm 136

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

In the midst of uncertainty and fear, we may find ourselves doubting.  “Where is God in all of this? Why did God allow this to happen?” These are good questions to wrestle with and needed in the midst of realizing what faith is all about.  They allow us to dive deeper into understanding who God is and what God is doing in the world. They actually help strengthen our faith and relationship with God. While I am not saying that God brought the virus into the world, I am noticing what it is we are realizing and recognizing them as the calling God has for each one of us.  

The church as Community. 

In these times, we hear over and over again that we should practice social distancing and flatten the curve.  Each of these measures reminds us that we are connected as a community. What one person chooses affects others around them.  Luther would call this, “caring for one's neighbor”. So we are given ways of doing that. But also we are invited to realize our own gifts and talents to be able to share and care for one another.  Musicians sharing music online. Teachers are still finding ways to still helping students. Parents realize just how similar their children are to themselves. Each one of these aspects reminds us that we are in need of one another and that each person brings with them joys, challenges and allows us to better understand God around us, within us and for others.  

So how will you react and be part of the community?  How shall you respond? 

We are God’s hands and feet as Disciples. 

Within the ELCA, we often say, “God’s Work, Our Hands”.  A reminder over and over again that our thoughts, our actions, and our faith are brought together within our lives.  That reading Scripture of what took place 2,000 years ago can still impact and influence the way we live our lives today.  Yes, the year may be different but our human condition and problems still seem to be the same. We are called to care for one another, to love one another.  This virus has reminded us over again that the church is the people and not the building. However, in the midst of this isolation and quarantine, many people feel that lonely feeling of wanting to care and be with others.  Yet I am reminded that God is with us, where we are.  

As a pastor and faith leader, I strive to help you to better understand God, God’s Word and your calling in this world.  As we often are too busy with schedules of events and activities, I would invite you to ensure that during this time, you are making time for prayer, reading scripture, and reaching out to others.  

Keep the faith, 

 

Pastor Nathan Strong