Find Ways, Be a Light

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“He (she) who denies their neighbor the service of praying for them denies them the service of a Christian.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together”

The coronavirus has presented us all with feelings of fear and desperation. On the eve of going to the cross Jesus enters the Garden of Gethsemane to pray. “Jesus fell to the ground and prayed for a way out: ”Papa, Father, you can – can’t you?- get me out of this. Take my cup away from me. But please, not what I want--what you want?”  (Mark 14:35-36)

One of the ways God is guiding us through this time of Covid 19 is by flooding the internet with spiritual resources. One of the prayers I have appreciated the most is “Prayer for a Pandemic,” by Cameron Bellim Let us pray…

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Keep the events of Holy Week in mind. This weekend we observe Palm Sunday. Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Vigil and Easter worship will follow. Stay tuned to the website for details. God will be streaming and zooming!

Each month we give away an estimated $2000.00 to our mission partners. Last month we increased that by $1500.00 to send extra much needed resources . I want to be very clear that if the economic circumstances created by the virus have created an economic burden for you, let us know and we will try to offer support. If you are one of those financially blessed at this time, I want to say thank you for your generosity. We are called right now to share what we have to meet one another’s needs. God’s Grace Community Church is thankful for the offerings we have received, so that the gospel might be proclaimed at this time and resources might be offered to those in need.

See Matthew 21:1-11 and Matthew 26:14-27:66 for further Passion Week reflection.

Keep a strong dose of joy pumping into your life. Tonight Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood have a special on CBS.

My colleague Carolyn Hammack just sent me this YouTube  

May we each “Be a Light.”

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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