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“If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans for the day.”  For most of us, we are not very adept at change.  Over time, we have settled into our set ways and we like things the way we like them.  No surprises!  Maybe life is a bit boring, but boring is not all bad, is it?  Maybe there are times we wish we could spice it up a bit, but I question if anyone would want to go the route we have been going over this past week or so.

A global pandemic has changed lives forever as over 15,000 people, young and old, have lost their lives thus far and the number rising every day.  Entire countries have shut down in an attempt to “flatten the curve” and reduce the chances of spreading.  We have learned new words such as “social distancing” and are left wondering when we can let down our guard and life return to a new normal.  This pandemic has forced the Church to be Church differently.  Honestly, the Church is no better at adapting to change than we are individually.

I want to know who put this pandemic on the calendar for this time of year.  It is the season of Lent.  This is the season where we move from the season of Emmanuel (God-with-us) to that season where we grasp just how much God is with us.  We were only half-way through our “Soup & Substance” series and The Passion Play study.  We had plans for New Member Sunday and new members stepping forward.  We also had a Baked Potato luncheon scheduled at the end of the month.  “The best laid plans of mice and men…”

But there is HOPE!  If the season of Lent, whether this year or previous years, has taught us anything is that even though this journey includes suffering  and addressing those things within ourselves that we tend to ignore or repress, from death there comes resurrection!  For us, as Christians, this is not some false hope to placate us, but it is the very rock upon which we stand.

I have heard a number of my colleagues express that we were made for such a time as this.    As I read their words, I cannot help but think to myself, “But we weren’t really planning on being tested.”  But here we are and we will get through this, thanks to the help of one another and by the gracious hand of the Almighty God who has promised to be with us every step of the journey, leading us!

See you Sunday on-line,

Gary