God is our Refuge and Strength, a very present Help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way… Psalm 46:1
‘What a difference a day makes‘ takes on new meaning in these days. As the bad news piles upon the bad news, few of the differences are what we would be looking for. Social distancing and self-isolation take their emotional toll, along with the fear and anxiety that accompany every bit of news about the pandemic. Sports and events and all that fill our days have disappeared. The economy is in a downward spiral. You may be hurting from it all.
And now the ‘church is closed’ too. It is true that we are not gathering together to receive Christ’s gifts as His people, His community of saints. Out of love and concern for the vulnerable, we are precluding all non-essential human contact.
But the church is not really ‘closed’. For Christ, the Head of the Church, is still present with His body. He still counts us His baptized ones, redeemed by His blood. He still has His Word come to us from the pages of Scripture and through non-contact voices (see our bulletin to find some of those).
God is our present Help. He does not go away in times of need. While much of our immediate future is uncertain, God’s mercy in Christ – forever – remains certain. God is our Refuge and Strength. If there is any way we might bring that news closer to you, please feel free to contact us. The Lord bless you, keep you from all harm, and bring you to everlasting life.
In Jesus, the Hope of the world,
Pastor Warren Hamp