Dear friends:

Life has required so many adaptations recently. I find myself thinking of the story of one Presbyterian asking another, "How many people does it take to change a light bulb?"

The other Presbyterian responds, "What do you mean 'change'?"

Self-directed change is hard enough, but when change is imposed by external – and often unwelcome – forces, it’s even more difficult.

Amidst this pandemic, I have toggled unpredictably between defiance and easy submission. Some days I’m glad to take the long view and make necessary adaptations; other days I just can’t square up to the new reality and decide if I simply ignore it long enough, it will go away.

Fortunately, we’re not the first generation to face such uncertainty. In fact, scripture is filled with accounts where the world seems wildly unpredictable and the future highly uncertain. This week, we’ll finish our series on the Psalms by reading Psalm 46 and its powerful metaphorical language about threat and uncertainty. I encourage you to read it in preparation for Sunday.

Finally, our important work in the city and across the world continues. A special week of One Take video reflections features interviews with our mission partners . I encourage you to watch and stay up to date with the vital work we’re doing across the globe. I think you’ll enjoy the interviews. If you’re not signed up for these two- to three-minute videos, you can do so here.

With extraordinary gratitude and hope,
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