Reaching Out from
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Greetings in Christ!
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it! Let us rejoice in a respite from the bitter cold of winter and be glad for a day of warmth to clear away some of the snow and ice that is stubbornly adhered to our sidewalks and driveways! Of course, in the give-and-take of midwinter weather, the forecasted rain most likely won’t be helpful if temperatures drop overnight. Gotta’ love winter in Northern Michigan!
So much is happening in the world today that we’d like to cry out “stop!” We’d like to get off the merry-go-round of the news cycle, laden as it is with conflicting accounts of just about everything, and just be still for a while to collect our thoughts. We seek respite, but aren’t entirely sure where to find it, and some of us may well feel more than a twinge of guilt for wanting to step away from the noise. Yet Jesus Christ took time away from the crowds to rest and pray; God commanded us to observe a day of rest for our own good. It’s OK to step away, it’s healthy and restorative to stop; it’s empowering to pray and uplifting to listen for God’s response. This may not be the ideal day to take a walk or take a drive into the countryside to find a peaceful place, but it’s possible to find that peaceful place in our own homes; and once we find that peaceful place, it’s more than OK to be still and know that God is present. Just a few minutes is all it takes to reset our lives, just a simple prayer is all it takes to reconnect with the Divine. You’ll almost certainly find that your stress level drops, your breathing eases, and solutions to those things that are weighing heavily on your heart will be much easier to see. Give it a try! What have you got to lose? And just how much will you gain?
With our love in Christ,
Karen and Greg
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22
Wishing you joy and peace in your day! Remember, God’s got this.