Dear Friends in Christ –

I remember learning some of Aesop’s fables in elementary school. I remember being frustrated because I couldn’t understand the clear message that my teacher was able to glean. I’ve since learned that life isn’t so simple. We are not immune from hard things; Christians still get cancer, experience the pain of miscarriages, and the challenges of difficult life circumstances that are experienced by individual situations or on a global scale. Many times I’ve heard faithful people respond: “I wonder what God is trying to teach us. What are we supposed to learn in all this?” Those words turn God into a teacher and you a pupil. It reduces the dynamic and transformative relationship of faith into nothing more than a simple moral lesson that you’re supposed to deduce from a situation or scenario.

In these challenging and uncertain times, I don’t think there is a lesson to be learned, but maybe a habit to develop: The habit of trust. I know that things have been hard. We’ve experienced the pandemic in different ways. Yet, God has not abandoned us. Instead, God has been faithful and generous in many ways. As you go through this week, remember that God is faithful and by his promises and the divine claim on your life, God in Christ has equipped you to be faith-full also. Don’t worry about learning anything…just lean into God’s goodness. Trust that God is with you along the way.

Trusting the Lord alongside you,

Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday
(July 19), you are invited to read:
Psalm 16:5-11: Matthew 6:1-4

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