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Calm

August 22, 2020

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” John 14:27

I’m writing this a bit later in the morning than I usually do. Why? Because it’s Saturday and I’ve been relaxing! We ate our breakfast outside in the cool of the morning (waffles, sausage, bacon, and coffee). Those moments felt like the final minutes of summer, and I wasn’t quite ready to let them go. But the expected heat started to arrive, and soon it will be hotter than I care for. The moments, however fleeting they were, felt like the calm before the storm.

And the storm is coming! This week our children return to school, and Erika returns to teaching. Ministry ramps up as we prepare for a new year of ministry. Fall sports – hockey, soccer, baseball – are set to begin. I’m tossing a doctoral degree into the mix, just for fun! This end-of-summer-oh-my-goodness-fall-is-here feeling happens every year, but this year includes pandemic-level stress. Everything is coming back, but everything will be different. It’s impossible to know how it will all turn out.

I am excited for everything starting up again; after all, it sort of feels like we’ve been on spring break for six months. It’s time to get started, safely. And I am a wee bit nervous, as is to be expected. But mostly I’m grateful for moments of calm, and grateful that the calm of Jesus journeys with us into the storm. I pray you feel this calm, too. May it enfold you, support you, and empower you. We’ve got this, and God’s got us.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of peace, in Christ we have been promised peace within the storm. As a new year begins, bless us with health, safety, courage, and wisdom. Keep us centered in your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: A photo from last summer, pre-pandemic. Simpler days. Washington Island.

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