April 1, 2020
“I lift my eyes to the hills – from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber.”
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We are shuttered in. Our contact with community is limited. Parts of the States have experienced major earthquakes and storms. Every day when I wake up I hope for a new day. And if I look, it is there – the beautiful forsythia bushes, the hyacinths, daffodils, bluebells peeking up, bluebirds in my yard and if I am lucky, a pileated woodpecker there also.
There is an old saying, “God did not promise us a rose garden.” Personally, I have had my fill of rose gardens! They require a lot of work and money to maintain and I am glad God did not give me another rose garden to tend! But God has indeed given us signs of hope.
I have found encouragement from you in the stories of how you are spending your time – prayer centers in your homes, family worship time together on Facetime, time celebrating God’s outdoors preparing your gardens, walking with family around the cemetery at Lischey’s, helping one another connect with Zoom.
Sisters and brothers, lift your eyes to the hills and you will find hope! AS we move toward Holy Week, we are reminded, that Jesus did not choose the path before him, nor do we. Yet I must hold fast to the faith that our God is a loving God and will see us through. I pray that you will look for signs of hope and please share those with me in the days to come.
May God bless you and keep you and may His face shine upon you. Amen.