Monday, 4 May 2020

COVID-19, May 4, 2020


Dear Church Family,

Yesterday’s weather was so lovely. For one day we again enjoyed a taste of what is to come.  But here we are again, back in cooler weather with some rain, and, dare I say it, some snowflakes in the forecast for later this week. 

Feels a bit like the COVID-19 crisis.  We get one day when the numbers are in the 300s, and then it’s back into the 500s.  We hear some hopeful news about things opening up and then some else says it might go on for months. 

The all-ready/not-yet coming of God’s kingdom is like that. Is the kingdom of God a future reality to be hoped for or is it a present reality to experience now? We know how it will end, and we already catch glimpses of it.  But still we wait.

Jesus says that the “kingdom of God is in your midst” (Luke 17:21).
But in Romans 8:23 we read:  we “groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies.”
Already, but not yet.

Enjoy God’s kingdom today, and remain hopeful for the fulfillment of the promise of Revelation 21:5: “I am making everything new.” Everything.
Pastor Rita

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