This weekend we will be studying the line from the Lord’s Prayer about temptation. And though I don’t want to give away any spoilers, I do want to take a moment to focus on a very specific temptation that is quite enticing at the moment.

Our world is fighting a pandemic the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a hundred years. The infection rate continues to remain high and the death toll is steadily climbing past one hundred and sixty thousand, in our country alone. Our larger community continues to grapple with how to care for one another while still ensuring the the education of our younglings in the coming months. And our Session has felt it prudent to return to on-line worship for the time being.

We do not know what the future holds. That, in itself, is quite scary. Nevertheless, we should not give into the temptation to give up. To think that this storm will never end. That life will always be this volatile and this difficult.

Though it may feel sometimes like the light at the end of the tunnel is a freight train heading our way, the truth is that one day, this all will end. Life will continue. And we will find our way to a new normal.

My main encouragement for all of us is: do not give up. God is still here, always walking with us and working miracles in our midst. What is more, there is a bright future ahead of us that God already has on the radar. It will arrive – even if that day feels like it’s a hundred years away at the moment.

So, the main things to do now is to have courage and be kind to one another. We can and will make it through. Trust God and keep going. See you in worship on-line!

Blessings, Pastor Janie

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