“Whenever I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.”
I have to admit that as I approach the fall season this year, I do so with a bit of a sense of trepidation. After more than two years of lock-downs, cancelled activities and COVID protocol, it is difficult to be as exited and optimistic as I used to be at this time of year. Although, for the most part, we are resuming the majority of activities that we offered prior to the pandemic, there is still a feeling of concern.
What if things get worse again and we are forced to cancel plans for another year? What if the people organizing and running activities get sick and can’t help? What if we proceed with an activity and end up with a massive outbreak as a result? What if we proceed with all our plans, successfully plan, organize and carry out all the activities we hope for, and no one shows up?
The reality is that we do not know what the coming season will hold. We do know that much has changed in the last two years and cannot go back – we can only go forward. But we also know that, as we go forward, we do so in faith. We trust that, regardless of what this fall might hold and regardless of what may lie ahead of us, the One we worship and seek to follow will never desert us or leave us without hope.
And so, let us step boldly into the days ahead, trusting that God is with us and that we don’t need to be afraid. Let us step out with excitement and anticipation, anxious to see, where God will lead us next.
Rev Sharon Lohnes