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Mid-Week Musings March 25
The Still Speaking God whispered this into my ears:
1)The bells of Center Church will be rung at 5pm each day for solidarity and hope.
2)Children, youth, all, draw a picture of a rainbow with the words “It will be fine” as are the Italians doing.
Place it in your window or on your door. A friend suggests take a walk and count how many rainbow signs there are
It will be fine
We are still stirring up the Spirit of God. I do not know about you, but the days are blending together. Did I wear those clothes yesterday? I overheard someone say he was facing “A pandemic of disappointment.” Commencements are postponed or canceled. Trips vanish. Income is reduced or has quit for some. People are eating solo. Parents are seeking ways to educate, play, work, clean, all with their children at home. And hospitals are telling women about to give birth that they may not have anyone by their side in this joyous/demanding moment.
A church member made a statement, “It’s as if we are all in exile.” How true. When Winston, Mac and I were walking along the CT River on Monday, snow covered the trail and fog set in over the water. Except for ducks swimming in Bachelor Brook, nothing moved. No one was around. I commented, “It’s as if aliens are coming and we need to hide in our homes.” While we are not banished from our homes, we are banished from what is normal.
God’s people have experienced this throughout history. And they have prevailed. So shall we. Take a look around you and claim the good in your home, a favorite book, an art piece that brings you joy, a picture of a loved one. No one has stripped us from some cherished items.
Use this exile period for growth, to learn something, to find humor in the mundane. (Refer to Psalm 42 written while the Hebrews were exiled in Babylon). “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Yahweh, my help and my God.”
Listen now as Larry plays Waters of Babylon-As Pants the Hart for Cooling Streams-NCH # 481. https://youtu.be/RRfmmHcr3U0
You are welcome to sing along. The piece will be followed on the video by Lori doing a Children’s Conversation.
1-As pants the hart for cooling streams when heated in the chase, so longs my soul, O God, for you, and your refreshing grace.
2-Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Trust God who will employ All grace for you, and change your sighs to thankful hymns of joy. SKIP verse 3
4-Why restless, why cast down, my soul? Hope still and you shall sing The praise of One who is your God, your health’s eternal spring.
“Finally, siblings, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Cor. 13:11