Over the past few months the term “My Place of Healing in Times of Trouble” has spoken strongly to me. As I have watched our nation become divided in so many ways, I have come to claim my faith in God and love for this community more and more. There is much healing in the community of Christ and I am finding it to be my place of hope and healing in times of trouble.
The harsh language that is being exchanged around the globe can be very troubling to our souls. At the end of a tiring work day, catching the news can be overwhelming. Conversations over social media weigh heavy upon the heart or stir up anger that is neither helpful nor productive. What is one to do?
I have come to limiting my connection with some news outlets and focusing on the written news. I limit the times I will view social media and discipline how much I comment. Part of my reason is that I have discovered that social media is not a place to DISCUSS matters but only to vent opinions. Civil discourse is a challenge.
However, experiencing God’s love is not a challenge. I spend my days and some evenings with this congregation. I watch and see God’s people love and sacrifice in so many ways. Children care for aging parents, Grandparents raising grandchildren, people give aid to other church members, church members extend hands to strangers, and the lists of sacrifices go on and on. I am aware that these acts of charity are done out to love. My soul is warmed by these acts of the heart and is the matters I focus on when I could be consumed by the world’s discontent.
I am also drawn to the sacrament of Communion. The bread and wine are food for our journey. I long for and need that promise of love, acceptance, and forgiveness in that small wafer and drops of wine. God’s presence centers me and directs my heart. His love becomes my love and then flows through me.
I tell you this because I want you to know how much you mean to me. I doubt we agree on all the affairs of the world, but I would never deny God’s love for you and me. God hurts for all the children of the world and seeks peace among his children.
In the next month many of you will return from the vacations of summer and settle into the routines of school schedules. We will gather together in worship in greater numbers. Seeing all your faces will be a blessing and looking into the wafer before I take and eat it will be food for my soul.
Life is Good because God is Good.
Let life Be Good for all.
In His Service,