Whoever would have dreamed that singing would become one of the most hazardous things you can do in a group setting. Singing, the gift that brings me and many others such joy. Singing, that now must be done with masks on our faces and/or socially distant.
Many of you know how much I enjoy reading my daily devotion from the book “God Calling.” I have even gifted quite a few to those that have asked. I wish I could say that I was a “regular” and faithful reader, but that is not the case.
However, when I do read the devotion it ALWAYS speaks to me and brings me back to where I always need to dwell, in the arms of our Father.
“Accept each day exactly as it comes to you. I will not reject you. You can turn to me at any point I will infuse my strength into you moment by moment, giving you all that you need for this day."
At the beginning of this “pandemic,” I was called to write notes of encouragement to our Traditional Worship volunteers, which I called “Ms. Mary’s Musings.” I found that several times a week God would place upon my heart one word. One word to grow closer together in faith: Peace, Joy, Love, Patience, Time, Fear, Contagious, Wilderness. A total of 42 musings were composed...
The musings were helpful to me and helped as we all started to move toward a “New Normal.” In mid-July, I moved to a new format that was more like a “Newsletter.” An effort to help us continue to stay connected in a very unconnected environment. Trying to stay close and yet “physically distant.”
The changes that we have made in worship are to try and keep our folks faithfully connected in a continuing unsettled environment and changes will continue throughout the fall. I have fallen more in love with this congregation and community as I see the kindness, patience, and grace overflow with each new challenge. As the devotion stated, “God will infuse into us all that we need for each day.” Certainly from our amazing leadership and Pastoral staff, but also for those that volunteer to be behind the scenes. Those that we call “the unsung heroes” – no pun intended! Praise God for this amazing community called “University.”