"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57
Monday, August 31, 2020
Sunday, August 30, 2020
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020
“If it had not been the Lord who was on my side…I don’t know how our church would have remained strong during a global pandemic.”
“If it had not been the Lord who was on my side…I don’t know how I would have cared for my elderly mother.”
“If it had not been the Lord who was on my side…I don’t know how I would have made it through the divorce.”
“If it had not been the Lord who was on my side…I don’t know how I would have survived my job loss.”
What comes to mind when you think about completing that sentence which is really a statement of faith?
This is how we make the psalms our prayers. We respect what it might have meant to the original author and then we allow that psalm to become our prayer as well.
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Monday, August 17, 2020
When explained this way, I’m not as grossed out at the thought of oil dripping from a man’s beard, although I think I like the dew image of God’s blessings much better. But that might just be me.
Whichever image you go with, the important thing about this psalm is that we are called to celebrate God’s overflowing blessings that extend beyond what we think is possible to include all people. We are all within reach of God’s goodness and blessings, even if we feel that we are too far south for God to find us. You can never be beyond God’s reach, even when a congregation is unable to worship together in person.
God’s blessings and sense of unity continue to be present with us during this challenging time. During the first few weeks in not being able to worship in person together, many of you reminded me that God was still with us as a church.
I love these pictures from this past spring that some of you shared. Here’s one where the Boger family worshiped together in their living room.
People are volunteering to give additional offerings to the church to help us stay financially strong since we are unable to gather in person for worship..
Our staff is finding creative ways to work remotely and tackle some projects that normally don’t get done when the church is so busy with weekly events. Our Growing Tree preschool teachers offered online teaching moments with the Growing Tree families when they weren’t able to be together here at the church.
Mindy, our custodian has been waxing our church floors, and doing some much needed painting.
Our Leadership Board has been holding online Zoom meetings to help us stay in communication of any needs in the church.
And the good news is that these creative ways of staying connected and unified as a church continue to be a blessing.
I could go on with more examples of how we are staying connected and unified as a church but these are some of the stories that come to my mind when I reflect on Psalm 133, our psalm for today.
The dew of Mount Herman didn’t stop when it reached several miles south to the city of Jerusalem. It has been making its way into each of our homes during this time of physical separation. God’s blessings have been running down Aaron’s beard and they keep flowing, covering each one of us. I believe we are becoming an even more unified church because of this very challenging time.
These blessings go beyond our shinier floors and fancy new thermostat controls. We are receiving so much more. We are discovering how very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity, even during a global pandemic.
And for however long it takes, we will continue to sing this psalm, this song of ascent that reminds us that we are still God’s people.