Monday, 23 March 2020

COVID-19 Monday, March 23

Dear Church Family,

Our son sent me a picture this morning, of his little ones building a snowman .  This morning’s snow felt like a gift in its beauty and also in providing something for the kids to do; it was great packing snow!

Whenever nature sends me a gift like this, I think of Psalm 19 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.”

That language, about day after day, night after night, might feel a little tiresome right now.  With March break officially over, we are now into that two-week extension, which sounds like it will continue beyond that time frame. Day after day, we are dealing with this pandemic.

Martin Luther, professor, priest, monk, reformer- spoke these well-known words:   "Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree." That’s a word of hope and confidence, it’s a reminder that with God we know that there is a future for us, for this world, even if it does look as though the world is going to pieces.

It might be a bit early to plant your gardens, especially when the kids our outside building snowmen, but continue on.  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).
Pastor Rita

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