By: Mike Lorenzen
I’m exhausted! How about you? I’m exhausted and numb from this unforgettable year of viral chaos that includes Covid-19 and viral misinformation circulating just about everywhere. I’m saddened by ongoing racial, judicial and political inequality. I miss the things that I took for granted like attending church for worship in our sanctuary and to connect with friends. I miss outdoor music events by the river and cheering for our favorite teams in our local stadiums or on TV. I miss the freedom to travel locally and long-distance without having to first check to see if I need to register, make an appointment or get caught in a 14-day quarantine.
However, I’m grateful to be healthy and to receive the blessings of economic wholeness. I appreciate the closeness of my children and grandchildren who raise my spirits whenever we are together or share special memories. I’m happy to be with dear friends who are also healthy and willing to spend time with me.
I am faithful to my Lord and Savior who provides the example of who I need to be in life and in spirit. I am thoughtful each day about the opportunity I have to show grace and love towards people that may not share my beliefs or standards. I will be ready to stand up in support of someone who may not have the means to create a better life for themselves.
For me and my family, the month of September brings a very blessed event – the marriage of our son! The attendance list has shrunk, and the venue has changed. We will not be bullied by Covid-19 into cancelling this celebration of life. We will be happy for what we have including a future which we know will be better. Be grateful for what you have and for the days ahead which will bring new light and opportunities.
I pray that for you and yours, each day will bring you joy, good health and the faith that God will provide for all of your needs so that you will not be discouraged and without hope.
Philippians 4:8 reads: Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Amen.
Elders On-Call in September:
Stephanie Copeland (502) 472-4121 Stephcopeland143@icloud.com
Glenda Bourne (502) 938-8302 email@example.com
Betty Adkins (502) 930-5111 firstname.lastname@example.org