April 2020

You have heard that saying before. And how true it is these days! Every day there are new guidelines and new numbers of infections and new measures put in place. It can cause great anxiety, not knowing how to plan for the future, when going to the grocery store becomes a major decision. Many in our community may lose their jobs. Budgets will have to be cut, and financial pressures will add tremendous strain to families, churches, businesses and governments. It is very stressful living one day at a time, not knowing what tomorrow will bring.

As Christians, how do we make it through such times as these? It will take great patience, endurance, flexibility, faithfulness and courage to get through these next weeks and months. I take comfort in the example of Queen Esther. During Lent as we read through the book of Esther, I find in this remarkable woman an example of courage in the face of fear, and a commitment to act on behalf of her people even to the point of risking her own life. She did not know what tomorrow would bring. She knew that her people where threatened. She was in the right place at the right time to sway a king and a kingdom. She acted. But first she asked her uncle and her people to fast and pray. She acted. But first she asked for help, spiritual help.

That is a great template for us. We ask God for guidance; we seek God’s will; we listen to the movement of the Spirit. And we act.

God gives us this day. God promises to be with us, today. Today is the only day in which we can do something.

On the sabbath before that first Easter morning, the disciples were “sheltering in place”, they were afraid, and had no idea what the next day would bring. It must have looked very bleak to them, with Good Friday being only yesterday.

What a difference a day makes.

God bless you as you endure these days with patience, courage and faithfulness, remembering the resurrection promises of the risen Christ.

Pr. Bob Albing

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