Running with Mark 83

 

Day 83 – March 20, 2020  

 

Read:

Psalm 121

Mountains are my sacred space.  There’s no vacation I enjoy more than time in a national park with great big mountains. 

 

Our family has traveled to Alaska three times.  The first time was with all our boys when they were high school and college aged.  We spent time in Denali National Park which was amazing.  Everyday we looked for Denali, the big mountain, but it was always covered with clouds.  We thought seeing Denali was just a myth meant to lure tourists.

 

The second time we went to Denali, we didn’t see the mountain either.  But…..as we were driving back to Anchorage, suddenly the clouds cleared and the mountain was visible in the rearview mirror.  We quickly pulled over to the side of the road to see it and take pictures.

 

I think God is like Denali.  God is always there, but sometimes it is cloudy and I can’t see God.  Sometimes the clouds are of my own making, like when I am too busy and not making time to spend with God.  Later I see God in the rearview mirror and say, “Oh, there you are.  You were there all along!

 

Sometimes the clouds are things the world throws at us, like a pandemic, it can be hard to see God.  The mountain is so big, and it looks so cloudy.  But, when we really look, if we open our eyes, we will see God and God’s people at work.  Mr. Rogers used to counsel people to look to the helpers at a time of crisis.  Goodness the helpers are everywhere.

  • doctors, nurses, medical personnel helping the sick
  • grocers who are working so hard to keep food on the shelves
  • truck drivers who are delivering needed supplies
  • nursing home staff caring for vulnerable adults while under quarantine
  • first responders
  • neighbors who are checking on their neighbors and offering help with groceries etc.
  • schools and organizations that are finding creative ways to feed people

Personally, I’m so very proud of our church community and the way you are pulling together.   We have a team of volunteers who will be calling all of our members who are age 75+.  There is another team of people ready to help with whatever our elders may need.  The staff is working on all kinds of creative ways to connect.  People have been supportive and patient during technical glitches during live streaming because of so many new churches and people watching online.  Others have reached out to fund the pastor’s discretionary fund so that I will be able to help people who have needs or may have lost hours or their jobs.  Ministry teams are checking in and doing their work.  Some adult small groups have been meeting online!  In the midst of this challenging time, we are learning how to be the church in a new way.

 

May the words of Psalm 121 bring you courage and hope today.

I lift up my eyes to the hills—
    from where will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
He who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
The Lord will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time on and forevermore.

 

Music:

Immortal Invisible God Only Wise – Tommy Walker

This is a fun, upbeat version of the hymn done be a big inter-generational chorus.

 

Prayer Focus:

Pray that God, the mountain, would be revealed.

 

Grace and peace,
Pastor Karen Bruins


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