As this year draws to an end, I cannot thank this congregation enough for how you have pulled together and held together during these trying times. I would have never believed in March that we would be here in December and probably will be here until late spring for early summer. Who knows when?
The staff and leadership of our congregation have been so innovative and worked tireless at making things come together. But hats off to the congregation too who have hung with us and not given up. Your support of all our ministries have not faltered. Everything that we could do safely we have continued to do.I also admire all of you who have extended yourselves in your work and family lives. That is just as much of God’s call to mission as anything else we do. You are to be commended for your service to family and community.
These times have called every one of us to adjust, and if you are like me, I credit God with making it all possible. I cannot tell you how many times that I went to bed with prayers of need and woke to God’s answers. God has guided me through this entire time. I now read the journey of God’s people from Egypt to the promised land much differently now. Water and Manna were provisions for their trip. God has given us what we have needed all along the way.
I know that we all wait for that day when everything will return to normal. When that day will be, I do not know. How that day will look, I do not know. But I know this, our congregation has been tested and you have been obedient to His calling. Whatever tomorrow holds, I know that God holds us in his arms, and I could not think of a better people to be wrapped in his arms with. I am lucky man.
However, you celebrate these next holy days, be safe and know that God will get us through these surreal times. Happy Advent and a Joyous Christmas to you all.