Monday Morning Meditation 3-29-21

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.  Philippians 4:10-13
 
We are where we are.  As I reflect over the past year, I have come to appreciate where we are.  A year ago, our Presbytery requested that all in person activities ceased (and requested is a nice, mild word).  Because of the situation, we did what was right. And it was only for a “couple of weeks”, or so we were told.

As the weeks progressed, we started planning a drive-in prayer service, and that was the best we could do.  In September we reopened live worship, with many limitations.  Again, not the desire, however the best we could do.  With a huge upswing in infections and great caution, we made a difficult decision to shut down through December and January.   As Lent began, we have reopened live worship with some restrictions.  Throughout this time, I have considered a scriptural response.

Paul reminds us to be content in all circumstances.  I add to that using Paul’s words from Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”  While we are still under restrictions against singing in worship, we should rejoice that we have live worship.  We have returned the bibles to the sanctuary and we are opening up more seating in the sanctuary.

While there are still cautions with this pandemic, our church is moving forward and that is reason to rejoice.  Instead of lamenting where we are not (such as singing in the sanctuary), I ask you to join me in celebrating where we are.  

Peace,

Pastor Bill

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