Dear Church Family
As we enter into the New Year we once again find ourselves in a type of wilderness. We are faced with the unknown, we are unsure of what the future holds. There is the promise of the vaccine for Covid but we do not know when we will be receiving it personally.
Thankfully we were able to worship together from September until December. It was good to be able to see each other in person, to talk for a few moments and to just be together. We are thankful we were able to record our Christmas Eve Service and the Candlelight Memorial Service both of which were sent out via YouTube. Thank you to all who worked to put these services together. We trust they provided comfort and peace at this time of year.
Although we are now in lock down and unable to meet together, we are able to call each other and be with each other in our hearts and minds.
There are blessings in this quiet time of year. We are given time to think, to pray, to be still and to listen carefully to God’s spirit in our lives. We are given time to rest and renew our bodies and minds.
We are reminded that when we feel anxiety or the loneliness of this time, that we are never truly alone. We are created in God’s image and God brings us peace.
I encourage us to look upon the fresh snow, the minutes and hours of each day, as gifts from our Creator.
We are promised that there is always new life when the nights are darkest and the days seem too long. There is the promise that life will eventually return to something that we can feel more comfortable in. “For everything there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.”
Life may never be exactly the same as it was before Covid and there are blessings in that. There may be more kindness, more gentleness and more consideration for others when we are not caught up in the busyness of everyday life.
May we be filled with God’s grace, compassion and abundant love in this New Year.
Reverend Kathleen Mowat