"and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
There have been so many changes, and challenges, in the last few months it is hard to think of all them let alone how much we (I) have had to change to adapt. The "easy" ones are the changes in time and the seasons. Hard to believe but we have gone from "standard" to "daylight savings" and from winter through spring into summer. Those changes are already accomplished and we are moving forward.
The problem is when we think about the changes we are still making, will probably be making for a while and knowing God is still calling us to "new" things. The adjustment to different schedules, not being able to be "in person" with worship OR loved ones and actually having to learn "new" things has been more difficult - especially for those whose loved ones are in assisted living or nursing homes. We are having to learn "new" ways, even "create" some(!), to visit with them. All of these things have been frustrating, and challenging, but NOT easy!
We can remember God is with us - Emmanel. We can remember God keeps God's promises. We can remember Jesus' promise "I am with you always" - even through pandemics, technology AND learning new things. We can also remember the need to s-t-o-p and BE with God ("be still and know that I am God."Psalm 46:10). God is our refuge, our strength and our guide -- even into "new" things!
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