God is not absent!
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
I miss you already! I suppose it would be an understatement to say that this has been a very unusual couple of weeks. To me, it feels like forever since we’ve been together. It’s just not the same without you. Of course, while I would love to see you as soon as possible, the most important thing right now is staying healthy and safe. So, please do be smart as you make choices these days.
At the same time, let’s remember that God is not absent. The Lord is whispering to each one of us “Be still and know that I am God.” God hasn’t changed and God hasn’t left the scene. The Lord is Lord, even over the world we woke up in last week. In worship on Sunday (livestreamed only), we focused on Psalm 95. That Psalm reminds us: “The depths of the earth are in his hand, and the mountain peaks are his. The sea is his; he made it. His hands formed the dry land” (Psalm 95:4-5). All of this, all of this, all of this, is in good hands.
Things sure are changing quickly. We will worship by livestream again on the 22nd and 29th. We are making other adjustments and rearrangements. As we do, be on the lookout for how Evergreen will offer new ways for us to connect while we can’t gather in large numbers. We will continue to do ministry and share the love of Christ together, just in different ways for the immediate future. We have some half-baked ideas that we hope to have fully baked very soon! Your church is still your church.
In fact, the best thing we can do these days is to rally together. My prayer is that we all become “defiant,” in a sense. I pray that our hearts come together, saying “We will not let this virus weaken us as a community! This will make us stronger! Our bonds will only grow!” Join me in this defiant spirit.
Part of this defiant spirit is to recognize the needs in our midst. Please, please, please, let me or someone else know what needs you have as life has changed recently. There are many here at Evergreen who are ready and eager to step up and help those who find themselves in a tough spot. Please speak up and let us know. Stay connected. Stay faith-filled. Stay the path with Christ.
Your Fellow Minister in Christ,