I wanted to start this week, following our acts of worship on Sunday, with a beautiful reminder of where our protection comes from.  It is inevitable that as the days and weeks roll by the true impact of COVID 19 is going to become very apparent, in ways many of us cannot imagine yet. Some of our lives are going to be impacted in ways we do not foresee, either through the impacts on our health, our jobs, our houses or our finances.

I do not write these things to bring disquiet to our minds, but to avoid these truths would not be honest of our current situation they would possibly leave us with a false sense of the need to follow the drastic action that has been asked of us all.  Yet, if we are to be honest about that part of our reality as Christians, then we should work equally as hard at acknowledging and living by other truths in our lives too.

We are not alone… we have each other!  Community is not defined solely by geography, although for the most part that is where it starts.  Community is defined by attitude, aspiration, hope and shared values.  The Jewish people, separated by the diaspora, didn’t stop being Jewish.  They were Jewish because of shared heritage and belief; geography was important but not defining for them.  So, believe that truth, live in that truth and hold on to each other in these times.

We have Jesus.  Simple as that.  Part of what makes us community is the head of the body we belong to.  Jesus defines us all, as does the Father and the Holy Spirit.  They are the core of who we are, how we see the world, how we respond to those around us and how we face adversity.  And to that end I want to remind us of that truth today. Yes, times are odd & hard, and they may get significantly harder too.  Nothing we do can change that fact BUT we do need to live in the truth of all our lives… and the Psalm below, Psalm 121 helps us grab hold of one very important truth we need to take hold of…

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,   the Maker of heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip — he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you — the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm — he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

So, take heart my friends, if God is for you, who or what can be against you!

Until next time, be safe, be blessed

Pastor James