We have had a very rough year to endure!  Even just this week, in the past couple of days I have gotten word that two of my very dear friends died.  The husband of my former organist and a former choir director and they were both very close friends.  I know that many of you have lost loved ones and family and friends too!

It would be very easy to become discouraged and even angry.  We become worn out from the physical and emotional suffering we have experienced!  This Sunday Palm/Passion Sunday we will be celebrating by returning to in-person worship.

There is a portion of one of Psalm 31:9-10 that says:

9 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;

my eye wastes away from grief,

my soul and body also.

10 For my life is spent with sorrow,

and my years with sighing;

my strength fails because of my misery,

and my bones waste away.

But we put our faith in Jesus whose resurrection—we will celebrate on Easter and each Sunday and it gives us comfort and hope—hope that we will see our loved ones and friends again in heaven!  We will be with them forever!  The end of Psalm 31:14-16 says:

14 But I trust in you, O LORD;

I say, “You are my God.”

15 My times are in your hand;

deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

16 Let your face shine upon your servant;

save me in your steadfast love.

God is with us always—through it all!  His love surrounds us each and every day!  God send Jesus into the world to show us just how much he loves us and forgives us and welcomes us into his presence!  And we need to repeat the words of Psalm 118:1. “O Give Thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his steadfast love endures forever!”

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