August 2020

Ginger and I watched an animated movie with our grandkids called Onward. Two brothers are on a quest, the younger one learning that he has magical powers. At one point he has to cross a wide chasm using his new powers to walk across on air. His older brother has tied a rope around him to give him confidence. He falls quickly but is saved by the rope and his brother. When he balks at trying again, his brother says, “The worst that can happen did. You fell and you were okay.” With that new confidence the younger brother walks across not realizing that halfway the rope has come untied. A step away to the end he realizes it and falls but is close enough to grab the edge and pull himself up.”

We have been walking across the chasm of the coronavirus. Maybe not the worst has happened, but we have had enough to be unnerving. We had hoped to be back in church for Easter. Now we don’t know when we will all be back together, even so, we have continued to worship in smaller services and online. We worried about income. Would the giving plummet? Actually, the giving has kept up with last year, maybe a little better. What would happen if members got the virus? Two have, they are doing well, and it did not spread in the church.

With each step we take, the Lord has provided a solid foundation to step on. That reminds me of the poems “Footsteps.” You know it. There are two sets of footsteps—one for God, the other for the child of God. In the troubled times there is only one set. The reason is that God is carrying his child. And so he is carrying his church. The worst circumstances have happened but not the worst consequences.

Continue to pray for one another. Pray for your elders and deacons. Pray for the new pastor search committee. And please check on each other. Pick up your phone and call. As you are comfortable, get together with proper caution. Now is the time to encourage one another. We may not have magical powers, but then, we do possess a great power. My prayer for you is that of Paul’s for the church in Ephesus:

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, 18 having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe.  Ephesians 1:16–19.

Pastor Marion Clark