Are You Still Standing?
As we leave the month of May 2020, are you still standing? It would be understandable if you are kneeling for a breather. We started the year with those of you have been members for longer than six years grieving over the passing of Becky Branan, a much beloved former member, from cancer. That was immediately followed with news of Sam’s sabbatical which ended with his stepping down as pastor. Then came the unexpected death of Carl Freeman. We could not hold a memorial service because the pandemic then settled in, keeping us separate from one another so that we could no longer worship and fellowship together in person. We end the month with the unexpected death of Buddy Crews.
For the past three months the whole world has come almost to a standstill as we hear the latest “casualty” counts on the news, as we once did during the Vietnam War. And then there are all the joyful events canceled for students as their school year ends. No graduation. No prom. No award banquets. Sports teams’ seasons ended. Weddings, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, vacations postponed or scaled down. Oh, and businesses closed, jobs lost, the economy threatened. It doesn’t seem like five months have passed. It seems like five years.
Are you still standing? There was a singer named Rich Mullins, born the same year as I, whose life was cut short in a vehicle accident. He struggled throughout his life with depression and disappointment. One of my favorite songs of his is called, “If I Stand.” This is the chorus:
So if I stand let me stand on the promise
That you will pull me through
And if I can't, let me fall on the grace
That first brought me to You
And if I sing let me sing for the joy
That has born in me these songs
And if I weep let it be as a man
Who is longing for his home.
Are you still standing? Then I have no doubt it is because you are standing on the promise of your Lord Jesus Christ who will pull you through the sorrows of this life until he brings you home. Stand on his promises. Let us help one another to keep standing by checking in with each other and reminding one another of the Rock on which we stand.
Pastor Marion Clark