August 6, 2020 (Week 21)
This week of couple of extraordinarily important developments: As you all know, I spend considerable time helping folks who have issues that have been problematic for them. This ranges with everything from the loss of a loved one, all the way through relationship issues, addictions, childhood abuse, etc., etc. Hard stuff, to be sure.
One person, with a very difficult diagnosis took significant and positive steps to manage his illness. Not too many weeks ago, his interaction with me was marked by shouting and anger. He was at risk in a variety of ways of a variety of things. He was sick. But, this week, he’s done well. In fact, his work in the past few weeks has been exemplary and life altering for him. He has challenges that will not be easy for him to overcome or manage, but he’s making excellent strides. A week of progress! (And by the way, he’s also living in a country beset by COVID-19, racial tensions and absurd and intentional political polarization when unity would be most helpful).
Another individual who initially resisted digging too deeply into the incidences of trauma in her history, did so quite serendipitously with her partner. An enormous step of progress! She has challenges that will not be easy for her to overcome or manage, but she’s making excellent strides. A week of progress! (And by the way, she’s also living in a country challenged by COVID-19, racial tensions and absurd and intentional political polarization when unity would be most helpful).
I have a cousin (actually my mom’s cousin....so I’m not certain what that makes her to me), who just returned from an 11 day stint in the ICU. She’s been home four days now. She survived COVID-19. Interestingly, her first facebook posts were expressions of gratitude for the medical staff who cared for her, but all of that which followed, had nothing to do with COVID-19. Her next post was her marveling at how much the vegetables in her garden had grown in her absence. She was excited in seeing growth and life. To see such a thing now, was for her the real gift of progress this week.
Perspective is something we need to hang on to as much as we can. There is no denying the fact that this virus is directly and indirectly impacting us all. It’s there. It won’t just “go away,” no matter who’s engaging in such naive, wishful thinking. We shall all be obliged to find ways to cope with exigencies of this time; and that’s true for all of us. But we must not allow its presence or oppression to force us into a position where we forget to take stock of all the blessings that surround us all, always!
There is much for which we ought to be thankful. Always. There is much with which we all are blessed. Contemporary challenges like COVID-19, and the like, might make us lose sight of these blessings from time to time, and that’s a dangerous path to tread.
Take a moment, sisters and brothers, to take stock of all your blessings. They’re there. You just have to open your eyes to see them. We can cope with the challenges before us; we already are. It isn’t convenient to be sure, but we’re managing. So let’s remember to see the wonder of God’s world, and the blessings he entails to us all, every single day of our lives!
Now, please allow me to repeat some things. And though, they are repeated, they remain important.
You can continue to access all of our ministry initiatives online by going to our website (https://www.godamong.us) and clicking on the “ILC Online Activities” box. But don’t be surprised in the coming days, if things are changed up a bit as we seek to take hold of the new opportunities God is showing us.
As you traverse these days, please please please, intentionally seek to deepen your faith by regularly (daily) opening God’s Word. Stay connected in worship and devotions. And if you need anything, let your church help you. We’re here for you...only a call, text, FaceTime, or Zoom away. As always, each and everyone of you remain daily in our prayers!
In Christ’s service,
- After worship, around 11 am, Darrell and Nancy Datte host our after worship coffee/donut fellowship time (BYOC/D) on Zoom, and look forward to welcoming everyone in our community. Please think about joining in and saying hi to your brothers and sisters. That gathering can be found here: