On Sunday, July 11, our congregation was blessed to be able to sing again in worship. I can’t remember a time when I wanted to sing more. Now, Bibles and hymnals are back in the pews and things seem back to normal.
Things aren’t really back to normal, are they? Coming out of a world-wide pandemic changes you and those you love. Things have changed so much, that we have re-evaluated how we live our lives on a daily basis.
I visited an assisted living facility the other day. I said “hello” to a nice lady. We chit chatted for a moment and she thanked me for stopping to say hello to her. She went on to tell me that people don’t really stop to talk to her and that all she really has to look forward to is sleeping. It made me sad and that comment stayed with me the whole day.
Daily, we must count our blessings and reach out to those who do not have connections. It is easy to go on with our day not remembering a neighbor or a friend or a stranger we met along life’s way.
We are each called to be in ministry with others. What that ministry looks like is different for everyone. Listening or the ministry of presence, is one of the greatest gifts we can give to another. First, we must learn to “be still” with ourselves before we can “be still” for another. God is always speaking to us and helping us to discern how to help another. Listen closely, for God has wonderful opportunities in store for you.
Throughout the Communicator newsletter you will find opportunities to serve and to know God. Together we can grow individually and as a church when we listen to what the Holy Spirit is saying to us. I invite you to pray and to seek after God with all of your heart.
Listen to these powerful words from Jeremiah 24:7: “And I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be my people, and I will be their God; for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.” And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart.” (KJV)
God has placed within you a servant’s heart. Open your heart to someone else and you will be abundantly blessed.
Be blessed that you may be a blessing to others, Pastor Karen