Each week for the last 30 years I have lived in a rhythm, a pattern of preparation. I study, I pray, I rest, and I prepare my heart to gather with others who love Jesus. I have done this for so long I know the process well. Some weeks are more difficult than others, some more rich than others but all of them are filled with seeing and meeting and praying and talking with people. We are going online this weekend and believe me I am grateful for online viewing. I am so glad we can still gather digitally and worship even if I can’t see you! But I will miss gathering to worship as it always gives me life to be with others loving Jesus.
Today’s latest update for the WOL family is that we will not be holding services at Rosena Ranch this week as the school has been closed to us until April 15.
The ground is shifting fast these days. Like many of you, this week for me has been interrupted by life and reality. My rhythm is gone, my expectation of meeting with people and gathering with them to worship is lost. The things that I am used to are not as they were. This is life though, isn’t it? Jesus said in John 14:1, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” Do not lose your way when you lose your rhythm, your balance, when you lose those things that are familiar to you and help you in the journey.
Turn your heart to an ever-deeper place with Jesus. He is our Rock and our strong foundation. He is our Shepherd and our ever-present help in times of need. Crisis and change create fear. Jesus and His Spirit create safety. This weekend as we begin a new series on Contentment, we are going to be talking about how to live in the moment, whatever the moment looks like. When David said, “The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want” he was making an amazing declaration. The Lord will Shepherd me, He will guide me, keep me, tend me, protect me, revive me and nourish me. The Hebrew word for shepherd is actually translated as friendship in some places. What better thing is there in times of change and crisis than a King who is a friend?
Let’s take the change and the crisis before us and make today a great day, a deeper day with Jesus and a day we let our lights shine a little brighter to a world full of fear and uncertainty. Let’s gather this weekend in small groups, and with family and friends, and worship together believing that God can do something great in all of this uncertainty.
We will be live online at 5pm Saturday night and Sunday mornings at 9:30am and 11:30am, and there will be recordings available all day Sunday on our website so anytime you can gather and worship, jump in and do that.
God Bless! Pastor Dan