To my brothers and sisters in Christ at Grace Chapel -
As I begin to write this to all of you, I struggle to put into words how our lives have been flipped upside down, how, in what seems to be in a blink of an eye, everything we experience as “normal” has changed. We have had to adapt how our children learn, change the way we go to work, and find new ways to socialize in a time of “social-distancing”. We have had to grieve the loss of loved ones alone, fight through loneliness, and redefine life, as we know it. Some have had circumstances harder than others, but we all remain impacted by the events of our world.
I want to remind you of these words that I shared over a month ago, words that continue to bring me great comfort, the words of Isaiah, “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.’” We have a REAL and LIVING God that does not desert us when difficult times fall on us. Rather than leaving us alone, to fend for ourselves, He is the God that walks next to us in the good times, carries us when we are exhausted, and pulls us from the valley when life gets too difficult.
I want to thank you all for your continued prayers, patience, and understanding as we have and continue to navigate through these changing days. Romans 5:4-5 tells us, “…and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” I am convinced, by the grace of God, that we will come through this stronger than ever - stronger in our faith, stronger in our witness of Jesus, and stronger in our relationships to each other.
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