Dear Siblings in Christ,

Here we are saying hello to October already with 2021 right around the corner. It seems to me that

Fall has come early this year with the cooler weather, farmers out in the fields harvesting their

crops, leaves on the trees changing their color from a forest green to autumn colors, sandhill

cranes making their journey South for the winter, and even my outside plants are showing signs

of the change of the season. Changes are always happening incrementally in nature, the universe,

and our lives.

 

However, the COVID-19 Global Pandemic has entered our lives abruptly, and will be here for another year. It has been traumatic for all of us. All of us are dealing with trauma: anxiety over our own health and the health of our family and others, major financial stresses involving the loss of jobs, the political climate charged to a fever pitch, and the list goes on. The trauma has been both individual and collective, we’ve experienced major inconveniences, like the inability to travel or move about freely. Many of you are working from home while educating your children and keeping them occupied, attending worship services on-line, the mandate to wear a mask in public places, the uncertainty of the future, and so many of other issues all stacking on each other. It can be overwhelming.

 

As humans we crave certainty. We want to have control over our lives, yet, in reality we never had control over our lives; we just thought we did. During this time of uncertainty the best each one of us can do is focus on things we can control in our own personal lives to bring about a peace of mind that brings calmness. One of our congregational member’s uses the Calm App to assist him in this endeavor. Where are you finding calm in your lives? Do you find it hiking, walking, reading one of your favorite Bible passages, or watching the sun rise? Be kind to yourselves, be kind to others. Most importantly, throughout these times, forgive your mistakes and forgive others.

 

We are living through hard times that we will never forget. These times are uncertain, but in all reality they always have been uncertain. How we move through them can allow us to grow and learn. Don’t give up, be strong, be courageous knowing God is with you.

Joshua 1:9 “I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

 

 In Christ’s love, 

                      Pastor Sarah