Thank you FUD !

Earlier this week I was chatting with a very dear friend of mine.  In the middle of our conversation, she summed up perfectly what we had been discussing … FUD!!!

FEAR + UNCERTAINTY + DOUBT = FUD    WOW!  I LOVE how God puts people in our lives at just the moment we need them.  I needed to be reminded of this FUD stuff and how GOD’s got this.  I first heard about FUD from a sermon given by Pastor Dave Jensen on Sunday, May 5, 2019.  As part of the message, we were all asked to write a Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt or a combination of these on a post it note.  As we were ushered up to communion, we were invited to place our notes on the wooden cross and give our FUD to GOD.

Hearing FUD also took me back to an evening spent with another dear friend of mine who helped me co-create a piece of art out of every post it note placed on the cross that day.  We lost count of the number of paper cranes she folded.  She even shared an amazing Japanese story about the paper crane.2  I can’t tell you what the notes said, but the idea behind the piece speaks to me now more than ever: “we are transforming our fears up and through the power of love and community.  On some of the cranes, you can see some of the writing, the feelings that were felt; and when we come out through this community and other communities through love and faith and hope and all those other amazing things through life, we come out flying high.” 3

In these unprecedented times, know that it is okay to feel FUD.  We are all human and some days will be better than others.  While it is sometimes hard to remember, and we may feel isolated and alone, we are not.  We are on God’s team and he picks all of us.  He has us each doing our part, in whatever way we are able, to transform our fears through Him and through our communities.

We have an Easter promise – that as we mourn loss of what we once knew, we will have new life.  A life filled with hope and faith.  A life filled with grace and unconditional love.  A life filled with kindness and compassion.  A life filled with the good that we choose to create.  We are all one people, we are God’s people, chosen by name.

Dear God, thank you for FUD and the beautiful new creations that come out of it.  Thank you for our communities – our family and friends – a stranger we have yet to meet.  May we continue to know that while we are physically apart, we are still one community.  May we find new and creative ways to be a better people in your Kingdom.  In your name we pray.  Amen.

April Schauer

1 Archived services (including 05.05.2019) may be found at http://www.godsgracecc.com/live-stream

2 How Paper Cranes Became a Symbol of Healing in Japan – National Geographic Society Newsroom

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3 Archived Service (05.12.2019) - Paraphrased from a brief talk about the piece of art; starting around the 47 minute mark - http://www.godsgracecc.com/live-stream

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