He Still Is
Dear Faith Family,
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness, (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Where were you exactly one year ago today? Do you remember? One year ago today began in the office. Classical students dotted the landscape of the Faith facility. It was the day after staff meeting. Another day to serve. As the morning progressed, I specifically recall that I did not (progress that is). At 12:30ish I gathered my “stuff” and informed the staff that I wasn’t feeling well and that I was headed home.
I had no idea what the next weeks (yes, weeks) would hold. I wrongly assumed: a few days and I would be back in the saddle. Instead, it would be five weeks before I would again have the privilege of proclaiming God’s Word from the pulpit at Faith Church!
Let’s be real. No one could have predicted the last 20 months. Right? Do you remember when toilet paper was not to be found? Do you remember when the majority of stores and restaurants were closed? Do you remember the Covid stimulus checks (Better yet, do you remember where they went?)? What do you remember of the last 20 months? And counting.
On my own personal anniversary celebration of Covid, I remember that God was faithful. I remember His faithfulness demonstrated through your love. The Session of Faith Church stepped up in a very difficult time. The staff filled the gaps. And you, you Faith Church, you demonstrated the love of our faithful Father over and over again. God is faithful. That can sure sound like a distant theological cliché. It is much more than that!
God was faithful to grant strength to see us through. God was faithful to provide health care people at just the right time. God was faithful to bring healing. God was faithful to allow the privilege of once again proclaiming His Word. May I be so bold as to proclaim that God was faithful to you? To be gracious to you. To love you. To entrust to you, His Word. Can you remember how God has been faithful?
I confess, when things are not as I desire, I forget that God was faithful. Maybe that’s a reason for anniversaries? To remind us that God was faithful?
He still is,