For such a time as this...
by Reverend Lynn Santulli | March 14, 2020For such a time as this...it seems we could say that for so many reasons these days. News reports of shootings, endless political wranglings, border disputes, financial concerns...and, well,now COVID-19. The list can go on....and on. It's difficult to avoid the stress and angst of these days, but certainly not impossible. What was it Fred Roger's mother used to say, in a criss to look for the people doing good things? I have personally experienced the kindness of strangers and people looking out for each other. Sharing of where to find things and reports of local stores shared with strangers in parking lots. Offers of help and true kindess extended. It is enough to melt any fears.
Who we are in the midst of difficult times says a lot about our character and what we truly believe. It is hard to believe that someone can hold to an understanding of a God who provides when they hoard cases of toilet paper. We all have our fears and I am not advocating not taking appropriate precautions and acting responsibly...but I would also encourage us to act kindly as well.Remember our neighbors, remember those in need, remember not everyone has the resources we might have to weather this storm, so taking opportunities to reach out during these days is of increased importance.
We all need to make our own decisions based on the best information we have. Listenng to those in office and those working to protect our safety is very important. But taking time to turn off the news and tune into God's Spirit is of great importance as well. In Christ we find our peace and can give voice to our concerns. In Christ we can hear His word to us, words of comfort and hope, words of challenge and calls to courage. In Christ we can find our center and will journey through these days together as disciples in Christ.
At CAPC we are working to offer a variety of ways to worship and serve, mindful of the ways outlined to protect our health. We hope that if you have questions, you will reach out to us. Please know I hold you all in prayer as together (in Christ) we face the challenges before us.
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." ~ Psalm 56:3
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:6-7
“Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.” ~ John 14:27
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:7