Dear FPC—
How are you doing? We all are tired of the pandemic, and yet the risk of catching COVID 19 in our community is much higher than ever before. That is discouraging. All of us are sick of having our lives disrupted, worried about jobs and the economy, and anxious about getting sick ourselves. Then there is social injustice and unrest and political fights. It is crummy! It is ok to say that! You can say it to God too! About 40% of the psalms in the Bible are laments—lifting up our sorrowful situation to almighty God. Lament is our natural response to asking “Why” and getting no clear answer. I invite you to pray some lament psalms to expand your vocabulary of what feels ok to say to God. Try Psalm 10 (“Why do you stand so far off, O Lord, and hide your face in the time of need and trouble?”), Psalm 13 (“How long will you utterly forget me, O Lord?”), and Psalm 22 (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).
Then I encourage you to close your prayer time with Psalm 19. It reminds us of God’s amazing work in nature, in His Word, and our response to our loving God—ending with “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be always acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Amen! We can bring our fears, our sorrows, our anxiety to our rock solid redeemer God and we can re-center ourselves in the reality of God’s love and power and faithfulness.

Lord—we praise you—the one who enters into our sorrow and our pain, who bears the hurt of the world on your shoulders. Give us patience. Give us hope. Give us energy. Help us to move through and beyond our shut in feelings and reach out in love to those you have put around us. Help us to pick up the phone and to reach out in love. In Jesus’ name we ask it. Amen.

I am praying for you all and am thanking God for the blessing you are—to me, to one another, and to the world. Let’s unleash the power of God’s love in our neighborhoods!

Grace and Peace to you!

Pastor Steve

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