Hard pressed, but not crushed…

Dear Friends in Christ~

I don’t know about you, but this week I have felt like I’ve been on a roller coaster. Sunday Mike and I went for a very long walk along the lakeshore…without coats! Monday, the rains and dankness and darkness set in (the sun set at 4:30!). This presidential election has been unrelenting no matter who we voted for on our ballots. Tuesday night we had snow that appears to be here for the long-haul. None of these things are good or bad in themselves and yet, it feels to me like it is a lot to deal with in my world.

We have all been affected by the Coronavirus and many of us hoped that the problem would be gone by now but sadly that is not the case. We are going to live with the reality of the virus for some time to come. Since March this situation has presented us with new challenges, as well as opportunities, as a community of faith. We have seen many positive responses as we re-create worship. At United new ways have been found to reach out and support one another. How we worship has called for creativity and fresh thinking. The use of social media and online services has grown and is helping our church to reach new people. As Christians we have been reminded about what is important in terms of our faith.

As Paul writes, ‘We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair’ (2 Cor. 4.8). This is the moment to draw together in mutual support and renew our trust in God who journeys with us. This is something I need to keep in mind as we move even further into this time of dark and cold. Together we can conquer whatever comes along.


Pastor Paula