June 10, 2020

This past Sunday, I got to see members of our congregation because we had drive-through Holy Communion.  For me, it was absolutely wonderful because the only people I’ve spent time with these last few months are members of the church staff.  It was good to see some Christians for a change.

In fact, the only bad thing about drive-through Holy Communion was the associate pastors whining and complaining about how much time I spent visiting with members and holding up traffic.  Seeing everyone was good for my soul.

One thing is certain.  The world has changed.

Yesterday, I realized just how much it had changed when Gary and I were talking about the livestream worship services.  He told me how much he liked seeing the worship service in his underwear while drinking a cup of coffee.  That was an image I did not want.  Now I’m stuck with it.

Last night, I met with the Regathering Taskforce.  This group is made up of some of our brightest and most  loyal members.  Their task is to look at how and when we can reopen our church.

We aren’t there.  Someday we will be.  And while patience isn’t a virtue many of us have, I ask that we do just that.  Be patient and know that one day we will be gathering face-to-face.  It will be a great day.

If you are like me and desperate to see other members of our faith family, know that it will happen.  It’s just a matter of time.  So remember Paul’s words to the church at Rome:  “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)

I am certain God wants his people to gather.  I am certain God wants his people to gather in the safest way possible.  I am certain God is telling us to be patient.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, give me wisdom to discern your will, the resolve to see it through, and patience for this time of trial.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

One last thing.  I promise that when we do come back to the church, Gary will be wearing pants.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins