The Wednesday Post – 4/22/20

4/22/20

            I was supposed to be in West Virginia doing what is called a 5-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation this week.  Then Lori Jo and I were going to take a week off, and spend time in West Virginia and western Pennsylvania.  I would have a vacation.  Of course, all of that is now canceled.  And I thought that I would need to be here every Sunday to make sure there is some sort of worship up on Facebook and Youtube. 

            Then I talked with my Spiritual Director and he urged me to take the time off anyway.  It is true, there is actually now more for me to do.  We are doing a newsletter that started after the Social Distancing began.  So, I will be taking a week off beginning the end of this week.  Which means I won’t be here on Sunday! 

            Jim Baker is filling in for me as the Preacher.  I am really happy to have Jim able to deliver a message.  It really isn’t much of a step beyond what he already does nearly every Sunday introducing the Old Testament lesson.  This gives Jim an opportunity to grow a little, and deliver a sermon for Sunday worship.  For me, it is a joy to see growth in leadership within Asbury.

            And that is what I want to concentrate on now.  Amid the anxiety, the mounting death toll in our state from the COVID-19 Pandemic, there is still joy. 

            I experienced joy when my family got together via computer to wish my 5-year-old granddaughter a Happy Birthday.  I got to see my 2-year-old grandson jumping around and rolling on the rug.  I also saw my much more “mature” almost 16-year-old granddaughter and 13-year-old grandson.  Oh, yeh, all my kids were there too!  What joy!  We should have done this years ago, but we didn’t.  It took this kind of social “lock-down” to enable us to realize what a gift we can get just by being able to see each other in real time.

            Other people seem to be finding relaxation in walking.  I have been walking my dog around my neighborhood for nearly 6 years.  Most of the time I might wave to a couple of people, and I have met the three other people who regularly walk their dogs.  In the last month I have met a bunch more people.  I am doing what I have always done, but they are out walking, either because they now work from home, or because they are no longer working.  There is always a down side.  But the up side is that I see more of my neighbors, and get to at least say “Hi” from a distance.

            Even when the clouds seem deep and dark, we can still find joy.  Maybe just in the little things.  There is joy to be found!  Go and look!

Blessings

Pastor Peter  

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