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“See, I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the wasteland. - Isaiah 43:19

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! May has finally arrived, and Jesus Christ has left the tomb. However, many of us are still confined to our houses for fear of COVID-19. It doesn’t feel like Easter when the weather is still fluctuating between rain and sunshine, public spaces are empty, and the simple task of grocery shopping feels like an Olympic level sport in keeping up with the “6-Feet Apart” Rule. It doesn’t help that future plans have been severely altered if not cancelled all together. No, the Year 2020 was supposed to provide a clarity of vision, not all of this grey obscurity.

Regardless of these uncertainties that have inconvenienced us, there is hope bursting forth in this new decade. We are all discovering new and innovative ways to stay connected with our families via Skype, Zoom, and other platforms of Video Chat. Many of us are reconnecting with old ways of staying grounded, such as reading books, gardening, and letter writing. We’re all probably walking more and trying out new and time-faithful recipes. I’m not at all surprised that there are those among us that have discovered talents that we would have never unlocked had it not been for this pandemic. I can personally attest that the Church has been propelled into the 21st century and forever changed because of COVID-19. Since we are still getting to know each other, I think this is a wonderful opportunity to start a Virtual Time Capsule. I encourage each of you to make a home video of yourselves and your loved ones that archives what you’ve been doing in the wake of Social Distancing. The pandemic will end, and I think that it would be cathartic to talk about what we’ve all been through. Perhaps, we’ll make a Movie Night of watching ourselves on the Silver Screen a year or so from now. I’ll be making a video talking about this and posting it on our website. God always finds a way, so God’s Church will be just fine. See, something new has been made, and we are always being made new.

In God’s Abiding Love,
Pastor Jeniffer Tillman, MD

“See, if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” ~2 Corinthians 5: 17