Notes from the Pastor – December 2020

First, I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  That being said, I have to admit I am tired.  I am tired of COVID.  I am tired of wearing masks. I am tired of not being able to be with family and friends. I am tired of the continuing struggles our country endures – systemic racism, political vitriol, conspiracy theories, outright lying, violence, and all types of turmoil.  My guess is most of you are tired also.  Yet in our tiredness, I want to remind you of the words of Jesus found in the Gospel of Matthew:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Occasionally, we forget to rely upon God in those moments when we are most struggling.  We find ourselves amid life’s whirlwinds and have difficulty focusing on what is in front of us, let alone the profound presence of God.  Another passage I’ve been thinking about recently is also from Matthew.  The disciples are in a boat on the sea of Galilee in the midst of a storm.  Peter sees Jesus walking toward them on the water.

Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”  It was when Peter took his eyes off Jesus that he began to sink.

We are in a similar situation.  Our boat is being beaten by the wind and the rain.  Yet, if we look toward the horizon, we too may see Jesus through the storm.  Let us strive to keep our eyes focused on Christ.  He will journey with us through whatever comes our way. And eventually, the storm will cease, the water shall become calm, and we shall find the peace that only comes through Christ.

Pastor David