I hope you all survived the windstorm last night, we lost power for a few hours before it came back on around 9 PM. Maybe God allowed the storm so I couldn’t watch the Celtics lose, but I have so enjoyed being able to watch games again...it’s the little things…
I saw a thread in a conversation I have with other Pastors who are getting more and more questions about the virus, asking “Why does God allow this to happen?” It’s an age-old question of faith isn’t it? I have found in my experience as a Pastor that great stories of faith come to the surface after periods of hurt and suffering and struggle about how God helps us through those times of trouble.
How is that possible? I come to realize that struggles can grow our faith, and hope and healing comes from hurt and hardship. Let me say that again. Hope and healing come from hurt and hardship. Without hurt there is no possibility for healing. Without hardship there is no need for hope.
I’ll speak a little bit more on this in my Devotional this morning, but I want you to know that God is walking with us, holding us up, teaching us about faith in this world. While I believe that it is the world that God had created, I also believe that it has never been a perfect creation that shields us from the things of life. When things happen, that cause hurt and pain, God is still walking with us, holding us up, leading us to faith!
Please stay safe, follow the guidelines of scientists and doctors and health professionals. I am hopeful that at least here in the Northeast, things are looking up as we continue to listen and comply to the medical advice we are receiving. And when we do, the time to gather as a community of faith will be here soon.
Walk in faith and peace,