Monday, December 28, 2020

SCRIPTURE READING: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives away, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46: 1-3 - English Standard Version
Unfortunately, we have all been affected by the Coronavirus and COVID-19 in one way or another this year and as a result, maybe our overall ability to deal with problems as they arise, has a shorter fuse. I was no exception to this.
Luckily, I have continued going to work at my office from Day 1 of the Coronavirus as I work at an “essential” company.  I am very thankful and blessed that I have my job but with that comes the constant mind game of “staying safe” and “wearing a mask” and “social distancing.”
During this COVID-19 time, I also have had the opportunity to have my son and family (son, wife, two children ages 1 and 4 and their dog) move in with me during the period that they sold a home, bought a new home and during the necessary improvements to their new home. So, for several months, life has been a little more hectic than normal.
After a series of events one day on August 4, 2020, (a power outage at my home which would stay out for three days, my then 10 month old granddaughter being bit by a bug and her face swelling, and my son taken to the hospital after breaking his ankle in two places), I too felt like I had a personal “power outage” of my own and I couldn’t take one more thing going wrong. I realized that I did not have control of my life at that moment.
I immediately went up to my bedroom, had a good cry and realized that to get through, I needed to give my troubles to God and let his strength guide me through this time. The minute I did that, I truly felt better, and I felt like the weight of the world was lifted from me.    
We all sometimes have “power outages” especially during this Coronavirus pandemic, but the one thing I am comforted by is that God will never have a “power outage” and he is always there and will always be there for all of us, to give us the strength and to help us get through our “power outages” and help us get back to being fully charged to go on with our lives.  For that I am very grateful!
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for always being there for us during our “power outages” and for giving us the strength so that we can go on with our daily lives.  Knowing you are always there for us, helps us in our daily lives!

Cheri Rider                                                    
St. John's Ivyland
820 Almshouse Road
Ivyland, PA 18974
Rev. Brad Leight, Pastor