“But the angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)
This was going to be part of my usual monthly Pastor’s Page for Easter. Obviously, not much is normal these days. The COVID-19 pandemic is upon us and throughout the world. These are anxious and uncertain times that we live in. In the face of this anxiety and fear God is at work, bringing courage, hope, and presence to our fatigued lives. I have found myself singing familiar songs and reciting scripture verses during the constant hand-washing and safety protocols. As we keep a safe distance from others, avoid groups of people, and pray for guidance, healing, and an end to this outbreak, never forget that even though we are not gathering as a part of the Body of Christ we are always part of that Body! You have been created in God’s image and saved in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Just as the women were afraid on the morning of the resurrection, so are we afraid with where this pandemic is heading and the duration of it. Trust that God is with you. Check in on each other through a phone call or email. If you use social media, utilize this tool for the benefit of your neighbor by staying virtually connected. Spend time reading scripture and in prayer. Look for emails from our church office detailing how we can continue our worship life virtually, confident in the Holy Spirit leading and guiding us.
“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless. But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-29,31)
Peace, love, joy
Pastor Matthew Groenke