May 2020

Greetings once more in the precious name of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. May his grace and peace continue to be a spring flowing through you to the world!
I am writing this from home, in a room with large windows, looking on a half sunny morning. This is, by the way, after days of heavy rain. I’m not sure how much rain we got, but yesterday morning I looked out and I saw animals lining up two by two. Just sayin’. But along with the proverbial April showers will come May flowers. I am delighted to see our yard for our first spring, as it bumps out new shoots and bursts into color. I’ve just been able to keep the squirrels away from the bird feeder, so we are getting a beautiful collection of song birds to serenade us.
At this point in the ponderings, you may feel that something is missing. What? No remarks about Corona Virus? What am I, irresponsible? No, I’m just tired of hearing about it. Yes, it is serious. Yes, take precautions. Yes, keep doing what you are doing. Yes, there is a lot of finger pointing, hand wringing, false stories, and sniping. I’m tired of hearing about it. Satan is having a field day with people’s emotions.
Yesterday, however, I did hear some new chatter. The “church” web is all abuzz about how to reopen churches. Everybody has their two cents and needs you to know how bright, caring and insightful they are. You know what? We are not going to reopen Glossbrenner. We don’t need to be-cause we never closed. Our church has been strong and vibrant, just as we have been. I am delighted to serve a church that has so much love and energy and concern and compassion. Glossbrenner church is alive and well and growing. True, we haven’t been able to assemble in one place on Sunday mornings, and then there are all the meetings we so dearly miss. (No? Don’t miss the meetings?)
Institutions need to reboot. Businesses need to reopen. The church has had a mandate from God and no virus has changed that. We bend, we flex, but we do not close, so we don’t need to reopen. If this virus has got you wrapped around the axil, take a moment and just breathe. We, the church of Glossbrenner are just fine. God’s got this. Always has, always will. Don’t take your eyes off the mark. This is time for Christians to shine, not whimper. Joshua 1:9, “Be bold and courageous. Have I not commanded you?”
Carry on church! New adventures await. Lead on Jesus!