November 11, 2020

Dr. Oliver Wagner
“I know your patient endurance and that you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember then from what you have fallen and do the works you did at first.”
Revelation 2:3-4
In a relationship, you are either emotionally close or distant to another. Sometimes we can pick up with old friends exactly where we left off years ago. In other cases, time apart means that a once-close friendship is no longer the case. For many people national politics caused serious riffs in relationships! Abiding friendship is a challenge! We can live physically close to others but remain “in our own little worlds” distant and apart. Meaningful, close relationships take nurture, attention and effort. And “it takes two.” These days relationships can be strengthened by communication that is in person or by text, zoom, phone call, letter or social media. It’s amazing how many ways we find to connect with others in order to keep up with them and strengthen our ties.

Many of us have worried since the closing of the church building in March whether APC’s members would remain faithful and connected as church worship and work “went digital”. Would we “abide with Christ” or would this time be an excuse to drift away, lose interest and grow cold? The virus, we know, would cause much isolation but we wondered: what would it do to our faith and our church? 

As we conclude a challenging 2020 and look ahead with hope to a new year, I thank you for abiding and persevering. I applaud your faithfulness and your continued connection to ministry and the church family in these months! I pray you’ll remain patient and faithful, hopeful and engaged, connected and generous. That’s at the forefront of my gratitude, my hopes and prayers these days. The virus has tested us…and you are being found faithful! Alleluia!
Lord Jesus Christ, as you prepared to leave your disciples and friends you invited them to abide in you always. May your Spirit hold each of us in your care and keep us in your fold. Let not the embers of our love and faith grow cold, but renew in us a desire to stay close to you and one another. 
Help us faithfully abide in you now and always. Amen.
Alpharetta Presbyterian Church
180 Academy Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009