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Pastoral Ponderings for Living in These Uncertain Times

Posted by Pastor Dean Jurgen on

Daily we see the numbers of those with CODIV-19 and those who have died from it rise. And with the news, our fears and anxieties rise. Hospitals are overwhelmed; medical tests and treatment supplies are not available to all who need them; now we are told that everyone should wear a mask when away from home, but of course, you should not be away from home at all; what about the homes which are not happy and safe for many young victims of abuse? Worries pile up: will there be a job after this is over? When will restaurants, schools, theaters, The Rec Center, and churches be open again? What will the new normal be like? Does it make any difference if you’re a person of faith in God? What do you think those without faith think of the sign we have out front on Church Square: “Be Not Afraid – God is With Us”? People of faith aren’t given special privilege to not wear face masks, to not have to wash their hands dozens of times a day, to not worry about social distancing. But we do have tools to face our fears with faith. We do have God’s promise to trust that things will work out.
Look at and ponder this acrostic: 

Face your fears with faith (for many things we fear never happen);
Examine your assumptions in light of the facts (facts can free you up);
Attack your anxieties with action (courage to face the unknown future)
Release your cares to God. (He loves to take our cares for us). 

Tomorrow I will give you some tools hidden in this acrostic that will sharpen your awareness that God is with you. You might be consumed by fear and fail to understand the sign out front on the church lawn calling all to “Be Not Afraid: God is With Us.” For, “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Wait for the Lord, wait and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27
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