God’s Blessings to All,
We are 5 months into the new year, and the last 2 ½ months have certainly been beyond yours or my wildest dream, or should I say nightmare. Many of us have spent the last couple of months in seclusion/isolation within our homes. Our world, and even closer to home our country, has definitely taken a drastic turn from what we have previously been experiencing as the norm. These unwanted changes have captured our attention and have placed us in some very unhealthy situations physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially. Stress caused by these changes has entered our lives at a level that is totally unacceptable for our personal health and well-being. So, what are you and I to do that will help us overcome the difficulties we are presently facing?
Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light”. A yoke is something farmers place on two oxen to connect them for doing work in the fields. For us to be yoked with Jesus allows our Savior to carry the weight of our burdens when we are not able to. In this passage Jesus is lovingly inviting you and me to come to Him, place our trust in Him, and rely on Him for all our needs, both in good times and in bad. And He promises to be there for us when we do.
One of the most important things, we have not been able to do for some time, is worship together in God’s house. I myself have truly missed the opportunity of being together with my brothers and sisters in Christ for worship and Bible study. These two activities have been the highlights of my week as your Pastor. Being able to come together as God’s people to pray, praise, sing songs, and go to the Lord’s Supper is something I deeply cherish.
With that being said, I want to make it a point to remind you about our decision to open up the church for worship service this weekend. On Sunday, May 31st, we will be celebrating the Feast of Pentecost. This is the day when the Holy Spirit, God’s power from on high, came upon Jesus’ disciples and ignited a fire within them that burned with intensity. These followers of Jesus, who feared for their lives, were given strength to boldly and publically proclaim Christ as their crucified, risen, and ascended Savior and Lord. The transformation of these believers, from living in isolation and fear to living by faith, was nothing short of miraculous.
The same Holy Spirit, who entered those chosen few on the first Pentecost Sunday, is the same one that entered our hearts when we were baptized into the family of God. The Spirit of the Living God continues to empower you and me as we work to live as Christians in today’s world. Dear saints, armed with the power received from on high, we to can be faithful witnesses for Jesus while sharing the saving news of the Gospel. Come on Spirit light our fire!!!!!
Another area we are looking at reestablishing is our Bible studies. If you are interested in attending a Bible study in the near future, please call me. If there is enough interest in starting up we will set a potential date to do so. If we do start back up all studies will take place in the fellowship hall where we can practice social distancing.
Finally, I would like to wish all dads a Happy Father’s Day. To be a father is a blessing from God. And may you never forget, God has placed a great deal of responsibility on the position of fatherhood. A Christ-centered father is a priceless treasure to his children.