Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, September 8, 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 calmer weather today, following a few days of storms, and let us be glad that, for the most part, our corner of Michigan was relatively unscathed. Our prayers go out to those who are without power and those whose homes were damaged in the storms; and our prayers continue for those in the South and Northeast who are struggling in the aftermath of hurricane strikes, and also for those in the Northwest dealing with wildfires.
We cannot avoid the subject of 9/11 this week, as much as we may want to; twenty years ago, our nation and our world were rocked by the terror attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C. Twenty years ago, our lives were forever changed. Twenty years ago, for a brief moment in history, citizens of the United States rallied together in support of kin and country; churches were filled, as if we instinctively knew that God was our only true refuge and strength. Partisanship waned, patriotism flourished, and some thought that a new, brighter day had dawned, born out of unspeakable tragedy. Sadly, it didn’t last very long, and now, as we continue to face the worldwide tragedy of the COVID-19 virus; we find ourselves at odds over vaccines, masks, social distancing, and shutdowns, and we once again have turned to God Almighty for refuge and strength. While it is true that there is no better place to seek support, it is also true that we have learned very little in the twenty years between tragedies; we are more divided than ever before, less willing to listen, to compromise, and to forgive. Our actions, or lack thereof, grieve the heart of God, who wants only the best for us and all of Creation. Let us set aside our desire to be “right,” and seek to become right with God, who is all goodness, mercy and love. In unity we will find strength, in unity we will find love, and in love we will find God.
With our love in Christ,
Karen and Greg
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 1 Peter 3:8
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.