Update Letter from Pastor Clay for April 22 2020
Greetings FBC Family and Friends,
This is somewhere between my 3rd and 300th Pastoral letter during this COVID 19 “stay at home” time. Everything seems off and time passes differently. Let’s poke a little fun at this time, while offering some encouragement. If you have been around me in down time you might have learned I think “pick up lines” can be very funny. I recently came across COVID 19 flirts, not suggesting you use them but please enjoy them.
- 1. Is that pneumonia in my lungs or has your smile left be breathless?
Do you find yourself over reading any symptoms you have? What do you do when you start to over read everything around you? Do you unplug from information that will fuel your fears or do you get totally saturated in it to figure it out. We are designed for a rhythm of life - it changes with seasons of life and clarity on life’s purpose. It includes how we stay connected to our Creator, others and self. What can you do to improve your rhythm and especially your dance with God in these days that could work way beyond these days?
- 2. One-ply? Two-ply? Neither. The thing I’m looking for is your reply.
Typical communication is on hold unless you are quarantine partners with the person(s). It is weird to preach/teach to my phone. This lack of immediate feedback and personal connection is a great time to examine how much my thoughts about myself are based on what others think. How faithful will I or you be if no one acknowledges and affirms what we are doing? The other reflection this gives is an opportunity to connect with people from your past that you have not made time for, and especially if forgiveness work needs to be done.
- 3. That mask brings out the beauty in your eyes.
It is always important to look for and share the beauty you see. We as followers of Jesus are called to be ambassadors of good. Witnesses to what we see and experience filtered through the lens of a good and loving God. A witness isn’t someone who passes on what someone else witnessed. A witness shares firsthand experience. Sharing a post that someone else shared is not witnessing, but writing how a post impacted you, changed something about your feelings and or thinking is witnessing. What has God been doing in your life recently? How can you share it? Ways you have not thought of before? Then do it! You are called to be a constant witness for Jesus and you don’t need to wait for a vaccine to do it!
We will go live again this Sunday @ 9:00 a.m. with worship and message. I am looking at doing a mid-week study live event starting next week. Praying about what to share – I have two ideas floating in my head … details to come.
Grace, Peace and Undeniable Hope,