Dear Church Family,

In the past few weeks, I have noticed a trend when I talk to people.  For instance, a friend recently said, “When Covid is finally over, I can’t wait to take my family to a Rockies game.”  My mom was recently saying that she hasn’t felt comfortable going to church yet and really was looking forward to the day when she could attend church again, without feeling fear.  Other people I have spoken to have commented on how they can’t wait for the hugs, high fives and general closeness that  we can achieve when we are not social distancing.

I can relate to all those feelings too.  Even without a pandemic, I tend to always be looking ahead and focused on what I want to do next, without enjoying the beauty that is developing and present right in front of me.  The thing is, despite the loss of our normal routines, there is so much joy and glory happening right now.  We are able to worship together indoors.  We have a baptism this Sabbath and more youth, from our church, are deciding to follow Christ and get baptized in the future. We hosted a VBS program, where we had the privilege of sharing the message that “Jesus’ Power Will Pull You Through” to 55 kids.  Families are spending more time together.  Many others are exploring God’s creation like never before.

As we walk around with masks and acknowledge  elbow bumps as an acceptable form of greeting each other, I challenge you to enjoy the gifts God has given to you this day, because God is always good and faithful. “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

Happy Sabbath!