Beginning the Week in Prayer ~ April 6, 2020

O send out your light and truth, and let them lead me. Psalm 43:3
Grace and Peace be with you today and throughout the week.

Over the weekend Dr. Jerome Adams, the US Surgeon General warned us that this week and the ones ahead could be most difficult. He likened it to the tragic historical events of 9-1-1 and Pearl Harbor, saying “It’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their lives.” Quite sobering for us to ponder… In her historical weekend address Queen Elizabeth also expressed the severity of the times, calling on all to make honorable choices, telling the people: “I hope in the years to come everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge.”

In my message yesterday, I asked you to take a moment or more each day to spend some time with God. Have a conversation with God:Lord, today, Help me pay attention, think, and act with my heart.

Yes, these may some of the hardest times we face in our lives. The challenge calls us to a radical evaluation of what matters most and the choices we make. I said yesterday, and I believe that:
at the end of this unchosen Lenten discipline of separation, you may find yourself stronger in faith, more certain of who you are, more able to be yourself, love yourself, and to see your neighbor and love your neighbor, not lost in a crowd … but found.

Take time today, and every day, to have a conversation with God. No fancy words or pious sentiment. Just tell God how you feel, what you fear, what you hope for, what you need, what you are grateful for, and then be quiet for a few minutes. Let God speak.

May God give you courage and gentle strength.
God loves you and so do I,
Pastor Ann