Dear Church Family:
Well today I venture back to work and out of my hiding place. It’s been a long 9 + weeks! I haven’t minded being at home and working from home but I really did miss the people and the camaraderie that comes with working with such a great bunch of fellow pastors and coworkers!!! So now it’s back to the “normal” routine. Although I am not totally convinced that it will be exactly like it was before. There have been many changes take place in the last 10 weeks or so. The news media keep telling us it’s not safe to go back to work. That we should continue to stay at home and distance ourselves from everyone even loved ones. But I have decided for me that it is safer coming into an office that isn’t crowded than risking going into a super market or store that is crowded with people. I know that I have to be careful since I have been put into that “high risk” category whether I like it or not! So I will take the necessary precautions to keep me safe and others around me. I know that many of you have already gone back to the work place or are preparing to go back. I’m sure many of you have had the same doubts and wondered if is this is really a good move. But as I have prayed about this God has given me some promises to stand on. Hopefully these verses will help you also as you begin to venture out of your hiding place.
I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears. Psalm 34:4
When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose word I praise--
in God I trust and am not afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me? Psalm 56:3-4
I lift up my eyes to the mountains--
where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip--
he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord watches over you--
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
The Lord will keep you from all harm--
he will watch over your life;
the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.
The enemy loves to try to put doubts and fear into our minds and keep us from serving Christ! I will not succumb to those fears and doubts! So it’s back to work! Back to the work that I am called to do and a work that I love! It’s back to worshipping as a body of believers. It’s back to doing God’s work! So, I will see you all as you come in to the church to worship or come in to the office! I’ll be the masked bandit sitting at the desk!
Notes from the Staff @The Woods