Sunday, October 18, 2020
Dear St Luke Community,
I want to thank so many of you for reaching out and expressing so graciously your well wishes and your heartfelt sadness. I continue to be humbled by your continued love.
None of this is easy. Period. Not before and not now. Worship becomes more important than ever during times like these and I do hope you will come. God’s loving community first and foremost is a reflection of the steadfast love of God. In my opinion the sermon is never as important as the ways God’s people show up for one another. And if there is one thing you can all say with certainty, it’s that this community knows how to do just that: show up for one another.
We will look to scripture for comfort and for guidance and I believe this Sunday, like so many others, the Word of God will provide just that.
Moses is asking God to show up, searching for reassurance and guidance just as we all are these days for endless reasons. (Exodus 33:12-23) And while God will not reveal God’s face in this anthropomorphic vision of God, we do know that God shows up, as God does again and again to say, you are not, nor have you ever been alone.
Or in the words of Howard Thurman:
God is with me.
Always there is the persistent need for some inner assurance,
some whisper in my heart, some stirring of the spirit
within me-that renews, recreates and steadies.
Then whatever betides of light or shadow, I can look out on life with quiet eyes.
See you Sunday,