Dear Brothers and Sisters,
When Fred Rogers was asked what should children do when a disaster happens? He said ,”Look for the helpers.” It reminds me of great biblical verses such as, ”The light shines in the darkness and darkness did not overcome it,” John 1:5 Or “Through all things God works for good…” Romans 8:28
*How can we see God at work for good in the dark days of covid 19?* On Sunday I plan to preach on this topic. Leonard Sweet has a list of 10 ways that God will use Covid 19 for good, which has inspired my thoughts on the topic.
- Salvation Jesus needs to be reclaimed. May Christ’s healing power be renewed among us.
- Respond to the call of Simon of Cyrene. How can we better carry one another’s cross?
- Re-engage the home and multigenerational living.
- Pay attention in new ways to smells, light, color, silence, solitude, and community.
- Face the reality of death. Trust we were born for eternity.
- Appreciate both the Emmaus and Damascus Roads. See Jesus in unexpected places calling you to turn your life around.
- The supremacy of human relationships. In Genesis we are told, ”It is not good for any of us to be alone.”
- Scream in your heart. This is a time to exercise our heart muscle like never before.
- Re-examine creation. How might we better steward the earth’s resources?
- Rediscover the table. Don’t label others, table with others.
During Sunday’s sermon, we will dive deeper into these teachings. I realize the gravity of these times and I do not take looking at the bright side of things flippantly. However, I do believe the God of the cross who suffers with us, is also at work bringing a new resurrection among us.
Prayers: For hope in our present time. For all who mourn the death of John Lewis, may the work he began continue in all of us.
*We hope that all of you can join the zoom conversation at “The Well” tonight from 6pm-7pm with Rev Larron Jackson on race relations.* Contact Vikki Luce email@example.com if you are not on the zoom invitation list for The Well.
Still in one peace,
David J. Jensen