Updated: Jan 24
I don't know about you, but this past week has made it easy to feel discouraged as we watch COVID continue to spread so rapidly and affect our daily lives. This past week, my partner and I have been quarantining with positive COVID test results and the news that several family members are currently stuck at home doing the same. How is it with your soul?
a reminder from our God: Philippians 4:6-7" Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Sometimes, telling someone not to worry isn't always the best pastoral care, but I wonder how things could look if we practiced slowing down and remembering all that God is telling us in this text, especially when times feel so rough and uncertain. Remember: God's with you, give thanks, peace that is beyond your understanding will guard your heart and mind.
Please join me in holding in prayer those among our concerns:
The Alvarado Family
Kathie Call and her son, Michael Call
Rachel Haney's mother
Bear, partner of Melissa Peabody
Steve Johnson is making progress, but it's still a long recovery process.
September Peterson, 15-year-old church participant diagnosed with stage 3 cancerous tumor.
Please remember our homebound friends:
Harry and Margaret Lobberegt
Jim and Kay Thompson
Loving God, fill our hearts with hope and remind us of your peace in all times and all places. Help us to tend to the needs of one another and in so doing, help us to see your face in all those who we meet along the way. In the liberating name of Christ, Amen.
With love and blessing,