I had the opportunity to pass out boxes that were created by our pastors for Holy Week. It was fascinating to see the faces of each person who drove up to get a box. Many lit up when they saw the pastors and were visibly torn at not being able to get out and embrace them. Though I’m grateful for the precautions we are taking, it is strange to wear a mask hiding our smiles. I long for the day when we will be free to see the smiles and hug one another again.
As I handed out a box with gloved hands and gave people an opportunity to get their communion for Good Friday’s noon Zoom service, I was encouraged. Over 170 boxes were picked up, along with Easter themed gifts for our children and bags delivered to the door step of our youth by our pastors. Trying to find something that we can do to bring you joy has been a challenge. Along with our online services, this was one small way to hopefully help bring the church to you. Right now it feels like we are in a holding pattern, not sure when this Shelter in Place will be lifted. Finding ways to be productive and stay positive isn’t easy.
When the COVID-19 guidelines were first put into place, I planted seeds in small containers and placed them in my kitchen window. Today I have little sprouts of corn, watermelon, pumpkin, zucchini, carrots, basil, and tomatoes growing. It’s not much, but it reminds me that God is faithful, even in the little things. At dinner last night, we read that day’s devotion and answered the questions provided. We talked about our fears and the power of worship. We discussed how things have changed, but how much we are leaning on God and his Word during this time. I leave you with Psalm 130 and pray that you find peace in the midst of the waiting.
“Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”