PASTOR’S NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2021
At the end of January in 2021 the virus continues to hold us
in its grip here in the USA. Because we lead the world in
cases and deaths (25millon infections with over 400,000
deaths) our losses continue to mount. Just think of the
personal loses people have had. One of my dear friends, who
went through the ordination process under my guidance died
of COVID early on. WE, as a church have lost one member
to the disease and each of you can tell a similar story. Not,
only that, but we have lost our casual approach to life.
Going to the store (if you go to the store) requires hand
washing before you go, mask wearing and handwashing on
your return home. You cannot stop to say hi to a friend
because you care about them. (I heard a lady today call it
“body policing.) You cannot go to church. Or attend a
friend’s funeral. And the loses keep mounting up. Now, its
easy to say that people have had it allot worse, but that just
an effort to deny our real dilemma. One type of grief or
another has visited us. That is the dilemma. Tuesday, Baylor
had a Zoom meeting with a teacher who focuses on grief.
One thing she said was that we need to be able to talk about
our loses. However, we find ourselves isolated. She
understands the resistance we “Mature” people have to
electronic communication, invited us to have a “Grief Zoom”
It struck me that we could do something like that. It could booster our moral and help us follow the churches
building up their ministers in prayer and conversation .Proverbs 2:1-11 (NIV) 1 My child, if you accept my
words and store up my commands within you, 2 turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to
understanding—3 indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, 4 and if you look
for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and
understanding. 7 He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, 8 for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. 9 Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path. 10 For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. 11 Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.
The Statement in red above is an ancient call for God’s people. Today, that can be done through shared prayer and open concerns. We have the electronic means to do that. So, I’m asking you to put THURSDAY, 11 at 10:30 AM on your calendar. If you have a computer, smart phone or iPad, simply click on the link you will get on your email. Or you can get near a friend who owns an electronic gadget and wear your mask.