“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
I have struggled with where to focus this letter. I definitely want to mention how beautiful and idyllic it has been having our Wednesday Night Live resume in-person. Even though it is being held 100% outside in a Central Texas summer and we wear face masks, it is so good to be able to see humans in real life and not just faces on a computer screen. I love hearing the chaos of all the voices talking at once, instead of everyone muting themselves so just one person can be heard on a device’s speaker. We are learning about all the different attitudes/feelings we, as humans, have towards God in our sermon series for the summer, and we are also learning some worship songs in Swahili. It has been really wonderful, and I think you should join us one night.
I also feel this need to write about all that is happening in our world--a pandemic, economic turmoil, centuries of racism being brought to widespread attention, a global water and food crisis, a harsh political divide in our country--just to name a few. Turns out that is way too much to cover in a simple weekly newsletter. Instead, I will leave you with some thoughts on scripture, specifically Psalm 27.
You will definitely want to read it all, but I want to call your attention to the last two verses. These verses come after the psalmist talks about living in turmoil, and yet not fearing it because the Lord is a joyous stronghold. This Psalm then ends with the confidence that we will see the goodness of the Lord while we are still alive here on earth. We don’t have to wait until heaven to see His glory. This is an incredible fact! No matter what is happening in the world, God’s goodness will be seen and has already been seen. So, as you actively work to advance the Kingdom of God in all the different areas it is needed (as mentioned in the sentence above), be strong and take heart and wait for the goodness of the Lord.