“I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 3:13)
I hope this letter finds you all safe and healthy in the midst of this time of sequestering due to the Covid-19 pandemic. There is no doubt that things do change and they can change quickly! I want to thank all of those who have offered their support: calling, sewing, giving, praying, sharing devotions, helping with organizing, guiding on Facebook Live and all the Zoom-connecting meetings, bible Studies (even a Zoom Men’s Breakfast)! In those and so many other ways I’ve continue to see God’s presence around us! It reminds me of the truth of this Easter time. The tomb was empty! We know that there is nothing stronger than God’s loving presence in all things. God’s presence and love transforms the darkest valley, even the Valley of Death, to a place of new birth, growth, and life!
Even so, times of challenge and change like these still bring uncertainty and anxiety. While writing this letter, I keep looking to see the journey ahead and it is still clouded with many unknowns. Even when this time of sequestering ends, what will the journey to the “new normal” look like? When can we begin? I keep reassuring myself that whatever comes, God will lead us through, as God has led us through these past weeks. I don’t doubt that you must all be wondering what the future holds as well. While I don’t yet see a clear path just yet; I have found a lot of strength in Paul’s words above.
Paul is writing to his church in Philippi, “In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Paul reminds us that even though times change, God’s love and faithfulness does not. God is always by our side offering to us strength, guidance and hope. With that unchanging and empowering love nothing is impossible; not even making our way through a Covid-19 outbreak!
May we all continue to draw close to the God who bursts tombs wide open in these next few week! I think of the words of the great hymn, “through many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come; ‘tis grace hath brought me safe this far, and grace will lead me home.” It is my hope that together we might continue to grow strong in our faith as we continue to spread the hope of God’s love and Good News to all around us! I look forward to our journey together!