The Pastor’s Pen

“God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7         

Everything is going to be all right. It’s hard to put your finger on the moment that you know, that you know, that this is true. Maybe it was the break in the weather today, the 52 degree promise that even if it snows 100 inches in February, spring will come. Maybe it was the nine months since Pastor Rachel left and the sixty plus resumes reviewed by our Search Committee for an Associate Pastor. There comes that moment when the conversation turns, and you know, that you know, that everything is going to be all right.

The church steeple stands clear and strong against the winter sky, unshakable through bitter winds. Angry seas rage against the shore, angry fists slapping futilely at the air after this storm’s passing. The show’s over. All fussing and fuming ceases. The clock strikes four.

After a long Advent season: the flurry of Christmas worship services and silent nights; the last carol sung and the Christ star in the night shining; the fireplace flames lapping the last evergreens and holly, you know it’s over. Christmas has come. Christ is with us. And I know, that you know that God knows, everything is going to be all right.

More Good news may be coming in the morning. But for now, breathe the Good News of Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, God with us regardless. And know that whatever the future may bring, everything really will, by the grace of God, be all right.

Prayer: God of Grace and God of Glory, in all things, grant that we may look to the future with expectant hope and childlike curiosity at what you can and will do. Amen

God’s grace, mercy and peace,

Pastor Anna V. Copeland