I prayed for our church family today. I prayed about several things.
One, I prayed for safety. As we begin to open up, both at church and throughout our community, we know there might be risk involved. More contacts with more people might mean a greater chance of occurrence of the virus in our social circles. I asked the Lord to give us protection as we go through this summer of transition as many gather in His name.
Two, I prayed for continued unity and compassion. Many are making the choice to gather onsite these days. Many others are still needing to stay home and connect online. As I prayed, I asked the Lord to continue to lead us to ‘look out not only for our own interests, but for the interests of others.’ We are a fortunate people, aren’t we?
Three, I prayed for open hearts. I have a special message for Father’s Day, taken from Joshua 24:14-16. I’ve entitled it “God Says To Choose,” and the title sums it up well. In a pluralistic society, one that provides many options and opportunities, the Christian is called upon to make a choice. The days might be confusing, and we may try to experience the ‘best of both worlds,’ but God calls us to climb down off the fence, and choose.
God bless you! Again, if you or someone you know has a need, please let us know. I’m looking forward to the days ahead, folks. It’s a joy to be your pastor!