Pastor's Note 3/26/20
Hebrews 12:2 Keep your eyes on Jesus who both began and finished this race we’re in study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed- that exhilarating finish in and with God-he could put up with anything along the way: cross,shame,whatever. And now he’s there in the place of honor right alongside God.
In my younger days I ran track. I was a sprinter. If you are in a short race you run as fast as you can. If it’s a longer race especially a marathon you have to pace yourself. You train for every race to build up your endurance. You can’t win a race if you haven’t trained hard. One problem a runner faces in a long race is starting out too fast. If you do you loose all your energy. You hit the wall where you can’t move at all. You want to quit and give up. Coaches always tell you keep your eyes on the finish line complete the race. People of God we are not in a sprint we are in a marathon. As people of faith we have been training for this our whole lives. We have inner strength to draw on. What kept Jesus going when he faced adversity even the cross was his love for God and us. He was able to keep the faith by relying on God’s love. He trusted God to help him complete his mission here on earth. When we trust in Gods love for us we have found a great source of strength. I have no doubt we will get through this. We just have to keep our eyes on God. Let him guide you to the finish line. May we take joy in each new day at the small things in our lives today. One day we will cross the finish line with Gods help.
Today we prayer for all the Doctors, nurses, and all medical personnel.All those around the world who are sacrificing their lives to help and heal others. They are truly the Christ figures in our lives. Be with them dear God. Give them strength,endurance, protection. We pray for all those who are homeless. We pray they may find shelter during this storm. A safe haven where they can be cared for. Holy God we are truly experiencing a wilderness time. Help us to listen for your voice to lead us to safety. Lift us up when we are down. Be with all people of this world as we cry out to you for help. Help us hold onto hope. Help us endure and remain strong. In Jesus name we pray Amen.