Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in the beautiful clear skies, the brilliantly-white snow, and the good work being done by the road crews in our area to keep the roadways passable! The men and women who drive the snowplows are the unsung heroes of Northern Michigan winters, so let us give thanks for their efforts – and let us thank them at every opportunity.
Let us also rejoice in the good news on the COVID-19 front, with reports of rapidly-falling rates of infection, hospitalizations, and most thankfully decreasing numbers of deaths. Let us be glad in ever-increasing numbers of vaccinations being administered, and let us be glad for still more candidate vaccines approaching approval by the FDA. All of this is wonderfully good news, and we are filled with hope for an end to the scourge of the pandemic in the foreseeable future. An unknown author wrote “Rise up. Start fresh. See the bright opportunity in each day;” sound advice at any time, but especially as we await further lifting of restrictions on our daily activities. Today is a perfect day to implement this advice, and so is tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that; and so on, for the rest of our lives.
The world around us is in need of our prayers for peace, kindness, compassion, and healing. There are loud voices seemingly trying to tear us apart from all corners, and we must resist their siren call; we must remember the words of President Abraham Lincoln in 1858, drawn from Mark 3:25, that a house divided against itself cannot stand. We must work tirelessly to bring disparate points of view together, in reasoned debate, so that the common good is served. Let us remember that God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!
Karen and Greg
A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one to another. John 13:34-35