Our weather has been like a roller coaster. This is also an apt description of our lives and emotions over the past two years. Is it just me, or do you feel like that too? COVID has impacted every area of our lives individually and as the people of God at St. Timothy.
We are sad because of beloved members who have joined the church triumphant. We
rejoice because of the lessening of COVID restrictions and the ability to return to “normal” whatever that may mean. The “new normal” is evident in how we worship. For instance, some of us wonder when we’ll be back to communion at the altar. However, looming on the horizon is yet another variant. We hear nearby Erie County, NY has a high rate of transmission, as does Monroe and other counties. And don’t we feel like, “Not again!”
We see in this roller coaster the up and downs and loops representing our daily lives.
Sometimes it’s like we have to hang on for dear life, just like we do as we go around a
sharp curve on the roller coaster.
Something that is standing out for me in this picture, however, is the sun. Even when our life is topsy-turvy, upside down and just plain scary, our Lord Jesus is with us. There are so many times in life that I know I only survived situations because of the presence of God by the Holy Spirit with me. The Psalmist expressed it this way in Psalm 63:1-3.
O God, you are my God, I seek you,
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
We, too, can cry out to God and be honest about how we feel. It might be helpful to have a prayer partner, which is something I did many years ago. Ellen and I would talk and pray together early every morning before work. It really helped me through the teenage years of my children.
Let us follow the risen Lord Jesus, who said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells the disciples, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Jesus, the light, makes us light for the darkness in our lives and in our world. People of God, may we let our lights shine brightly for the sake of the world as we celebrate Easter life.
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