Pastor’s Pen September 2020

Dear Members and Friends:

I don’t know about you but I can’t get over that its September already!  My granddaughter has to start first grade online and it’s a big challenge for the family because both parents work.  And Fally isn’t excited.  I wish she could start first grade in person.  Her Mom called the principal, told the story, and something is going to be worked out.  I feel bad for all of them; and for all the families across the country facing the same challenges.  They’ll figure it out somehow; the principal said not to worry, but how can you not?  They are people of faith so they will be ok, but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

“Life is hard,” wrote M. Scott Peck years ago.  I’ve probably quoted that line a few times in my tenure with you.  “Life is hard,” he said.  And then: “Once you accept that, life is not so hard.” It was true then and it’s true today.  Life these days is harder in many ways.  Yet we are people of faith and with God, we’ll figure it out; we’ll get through it.  And when the next pandemic comes (and it will) we will be better prepared.

Autumn begins on 21 September; already we can see and feel the days getting shorter.  The end of winter, all of spring, all of summer, and at least the beginning of autumn in this new reality.  If it weren’t for God’s faithfulness and prayer, I don’t know how we would manage.  But God is faithful, and so we give thanks, we pray, then pray again, and then pray some more.

I invite you to begin your daily devotions by giving thanks to God for all you have. Then pray for yourself, your friends, and for the St. Paul community. Sing or read the hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness and close with the Lord’s Prayer.

Great is Thy Faithfulness

1 Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;

there is no shadow of turning with thee;

thou changest not, thy compassions they fail not;

as thou hast been, thou forever wilt be.

Refrain

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see;

all I have needed thy hand hath provided;

great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

2 Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,

sun, moon, and stars in their courses above

join with all nature in manifold witness

to thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.  Refrain

3 Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;

strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!  Refrain

Text: Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866-1960

Text © 1923, ren. 1951 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

God bless you today and always.

Pastor Elaine

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