Dear Friends, Greetings to you in the name of our Risen Lord!
Like all of you, I am sad that we cannot meet in person during this incredible season of Easter and show our love for God and one another. In what is usually a season of hope and joy, many of us are challenged with the news of family and friends struggling with ill health or even death. I am so sorry if you have lost a family member or friend.
Friends, we’re living in the most difficult time of our lives. However, the pandemic has brought the human family much closer. It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, black or white, living in the third or first world, in a palace or a hut, everyone is impacted equally. Even with the best health care systems, thousands have lost their lives.
There is gloominess all around, especially in places like New York. I’m not able to get my mind around the reasons for God allowing this pandemic to happen. I don’t have a quick answer. I still believe in a God who loves and cares.
We all know there are millions of healthcare and other essential workers risking their lives daily to care for everyone’s needs. Sometimes we take things for granted. In these times, may we be grateful for their service.
As researchers work hard to invent medicines and vaccines, our hope is in the Lord. We are asked to stay away from each other, yet we worship a God who is alive and close to us always. No one can separate us from the love of God!
During the coming two months we have many important days to celebrate: Mothers’ Day, Ascension Day, Memorial Day, Pentecost Day, Fathers’ Day, just to mention a few.
Each of these days is important in the life of the church. Because these days are so special to us, I’m trying to figure out the best way to celebrate them virtually. For example, on Mother’s Day, other than sending flowers, how do you virtually express your love to your mom?
May these special days remind us to be in touch regularly with family and friends, especially with older family members and friends living alone. As a church family, we are creating a small group process to be in touch with one another more frequently.
I pray that once this is all over, we would be closer to each other and God, and want to love each other more. Those of us who survive this pandemic may want to celebrate life and give thanks to God in a special way as the pilgrims did.
May you experience God’s goodness and love and be willing to share love with others! Love you all!