Life with partial or total separation continues here in Florida. I know that people feel that their patience and strength are being tested. Many of you worry about your own health and those near you; you miss your friends and hugging your kids and grandkids.

Let not your heart be troubled. Believe in God and believe also in me .”

Faith, hope and love will overcome fear, hopelessness and anger. We know how all of this will end, but until then, we have been actively called to build an atmosphere of faith, hope, and love in the world, even when we don’t feel like doing so.

To that end, once again, I urge you to turn your eyes to Jesus. One early saying of the church was: Deus pro nobis . That means, that God is on our side, he is for us. The Apostle Paul asks: " What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Who shall separate us from the love of Christ ?

Nothing! We are so privileged. We have Jesus and he has won the world. This does not make us immune to viruses or free us from the responsibility of making this world a better place.We cannot close our eyes to the suffering and unfair treatment which happens around us. When evil forces seek power over the world around us, we, as Christians, are to show who we belong to. We have been called to bless, love, and pray for strangers and enemies, as well as those close to you.

I would like to once again remind you of the responsibility laid on you when you call yourself a follower of Jesus. Do not be a part of those spreading words of hate, bitterness, jealousy, or division- not written or spoken. Instead of finger pointing or blaming, bless everyone around you.
Finally, all of you, be like minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (Peter 3:8-9)

Blessings, perseverance and good health to all!
Pastor Mia