I think we can all agree that this year has been one of the most difficult years we have had to face in our lifetimes. Some of us will be old enough to remember World War II, but most of us will not. Along with the Covid 19 virus, there is unrest in cities across the country. We have not had to deal with these things in our lifetimes and they are very unsettling. Some of us may be scared, some of us may be mad, but all of us are unsure about what the future may hold.
I am not able to tell you what the future will hold, but I can tell you who holds the future.
Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
3 You turn people back to dust,
saying, “Return to dust, you mortals.”
4 A thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.
We may not be able to know what will happen in the future, but we know that God has a plan and we are a part of it, if we seek to follow him. We can rest in the assurance that God will work everything out according to that plan and purpose. This does not guarantee that everything will be wonderful for us, but it does guarantee that God’s will will be done.
We need to remember the words of the apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21-24
21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. 22 If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know! 23 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; 24 but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
God has put us here in this time, in this place to be his church. May God grant us the strength and the courage to touch our community with the Love of Jesus Christ. Let us pray that God will open doors and hearts, that others may come to know the saving grace and peace that God offers to His people.
In Christ’s Service