Dear Friends in Christ~
It’s been said before and I’ll say it again, hindsight is 2020! So what have we, the members and friends of the United Church of Two Harbors, learned from the year that was 2020?
We learned just how resilient we really are. Even though we always knew that, like Lake Woebegone where, “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average”, we Minnesotans are a hearty lot. 2020 did put us to a test though, yet we persevered, and I want to say that we are even stronger!
We learned just how much we need and love each other. Not being able to worship, or even more impactful, not being able to be in fellowship together, we experienced a loss and a longing that nibbled at our souls. People were resourceful though, reaching out to talk on the phone more, being outdoors walking the trails, socially distancing, volunteering to be recorded as you sang or read scriptures, participating in zoom studies and so much more!
We learned to trust more. As the year started out, all was status quo. Then the comfort and security in what we knew to be true went away in an instant. We isolated, we worshipped (together) online rather than in the sanctuary, all our “traditions” were either done differently or not at all. We needed to trust that the Lord was guiding us and that’s what we did!
We learned that we are generous, not only in the ways we reached out to each other, but in sharing our resources, our time, our gifts and abilities. When a call came to help, people helped!
So whatever 2021 A.D. (A.D. meaning the year of our Lord) brings, it will be a Year of Our Lord. Even though 2021 may not be a year that shakes this pandemic off completely, let us resolve to make it a year when we give thanks for God’s gifts, trust in God for strength, and commit ourselves to serve God and others to the best of our abilities.