Ministry Moments – April, 2020

Greetings members and friends,

It is March 30th, 2020 and we are all confined. It is difficult for many of us, we can’t do what we normally do. We can’t see our friends and families. We aren’t free to go to the grocery store as much as we may like. Our meals are at home, no way to go out for a special meal at a restaurant and let someone else serve you. We may be getting tired of the same walls with the same paintings, pictures and then there are the same old programs on TV and we are coming up on reruns, oh boy, that’s something to not look forward to.

This is not the first time in history that people have been placed in seclusion or confined to a place. It isn’t the first time in history that people can’t get out and walk around freely and greet friends on the street. God has allowed many of His people to experience this in the past, and it may happen again. Think about Anne Frank and her family confined to small quarters above a warehouse. It was Anne and her family, father, mother and sister and the Van Daan family, mother, father and son. They were confined with nowhere to go, they weren’t able to get out for fresh air like we can, and were completely dependent upon others to bring them food. (Amazon, Doordash etc.) Then there were those confined to concentration camps during the holocaust. They had no control and very little food or warmth. Paul spent time in prison numerous times. David spent time running from Saul, separated from people and hiding in caves. Then there is Pastor’s favorite confinees, Noah and his family of 7. On the Ark during the 40 days and 40 nights and then for about a year after while the Earth dried up enough for them to disembark.

So the good Lutheran question is “What Does This Mean?” This means we will get through this. We will make it to the next adventure He has planned for us. We aren’t alone; God was with the people before us and He is with us now. In every situation God is right there with us. [Matthew 28:20]  He understands what we are going through and He will give us the strength and courage to get through this just like He did with Noah and the others.

When this is all over and we can get back to what we knew as normal, God will still be with us and we will have new experiences that have seasoned our lives and to tell stories about; new things we learned, and we will have grown. Use this time to study God’s Word, to talk to friends you may not have had “time” to talk to. Call them on the phone and spend 10 minutes talking to them. Spend some special time in prayer and meditation. Enjoy those meals at home, set your table with the good china and share a candle light meal with your loved ones. Take this time to get reacquainted with those you love and care about.

May God bless and keep you all till we can meet again. And when we do meet again, we will be free to shake hands, give hugs and sit next to each other. What a wonderful time that is going to be. I look forward to that.

You are all in our prayers and thoughts and we will be talking with you as this goes on.

In His love and service,

Debbie Oatman