|Posted by communications on December 30, 2020 at 3:40 PM|
Here we are at the end of another year, although this one has certainly left us vastly different than any other. We have wrapped up another Christmas and still we feel like something is missing. As we approach 2021, which certainly will have some residual effects from 2020, we must look forward and as Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.”
If you are like me, this year has left you wondering: when will we get back to normal? When can we go out again? When can we gather to sing in church again? When will we get offered the vaccine? Is it safe? Should my kids go back to school? And many, many others! Wow, it will really get your head spinning if you let it, so we turn to God and our faith. The prayers flow freely, reading many devotions, meditations and taking spiritual walks of faith. We trust in him. We open our hearts, concerns, hopes, desires to him and TRUST in his PLAN! His mercy is great, and we must give ourselves over to his love and grace to get through this stronger than before.
Scripture tells us that when we are presented with challenges that God is calling us closer to him and to rely on him. This is the way our faith is strengthened. We will never be the same after 2020 and it sometimes feels like it was a reset. There are already so many things of our everyday life that are getting re-evaluated like working, traveling, education and others. Is it possible we needed this? Did we become too rushed, too dependent, too comfortable? I don’t know, but it has certainly opened my eyes to what is important, what to focus on, where my energy should be centered and every day, I turn to God to help me understand, learn and gain strength and grace to endure.
Endure like St. Alban’s has, from the grace and strength of the staff to restructure and reinvent how we work to the amazingly understanding Parish and Vestry that has stood strong to adapt, support and celebrate with us. Pride is truly not a big enough word to describe the feeling about our transformation, from the online services and coffee hours, drive thru celebrations, drive in movies, virtual VBS, Sunday School packets, happy deliveries sharing the faith, Youth Bonfire, virtual Christmas pageant, collecting Teddy Bear offerings and one of the most awesomely configured virtual Christmas services that has ever been broadcast! We all rose, joined hands (in a sense) and in my head said, “Bring it on! We got this, because God has us!” May we all walk into 2021 with this same gusto, certainty and faith! It is a pleasure and honor to be part of this parish, staff and team and wishing you all the absolute best in 2021!!