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400 Days – All These Things

April 19, 2021

“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37

400 Days.

What began with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic became a daily reflection during times of racial upheaval, political unrest (and insurrection), and, more recently, a disturbing increase in gun violence.

There have also been many days where I’ve simply tried to find the grace in the everyday and the ordinary.

I have greatly appreciated the opportunity to reflect on what God is up to during these days, and I’m glad to know that for a few people, at least, these blogs have been helpful points of connection.

400 is a lot of days. Paul’s powerful words to the church at Rome ring true for us today. In sickness, suffering, and separation, God has been and continues to be with us. Christ who was crucified is alive. The Spirit moves! In all these things we are more than conquerors. We have not conquered by might, but by love. May love continue to move us forward in the goodness of God’s love.

400 days. That’s about 377 more than I imagined. I wasn’t planning on making such an announcement when I woke this morning, but it seems like the right time. I need to stop doing this on a daily basis. I hope to build some sort of schedule or routine into my week to keep me blogging on a regular basis, but I really can’t do this daily anymore. We are, God willing, close to reemerging into a new normal where we see one another more often. I’m not sure this is needed anymore. And honestly, I need to take a break. The rest of this month is very full as I finish off the first year of my doctoral program. Ministry is delightfully busy during these days. My family needs to see a bit more of me. So, there you go.

God is good. God is with us. In all these things.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God, in the triumph of your Son you have defeated death itself. Give us faith and good courage to trust in the power of life in the midst of all things. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Torsten in a hammock.

From → COVID-19

  1. Sandra Lentz permalink

    I will miss this, but I understand. We are emerging, slowly, warily, as we peek out of the door, into….. S

    Sent from my iPad


  2. Ruth Reko permalink

    Thanks Pr Dave for these 400 days. Have a good break and hope to see cogent, funny, endearing commentary from you soon.

  3. David Lyle permalink

    We so appreciate all the blogs that you have done at this difficult time. I know, being a pastor father friend and many other rules that you play, can be very trying at times. Take comfort in the fact that you have reached many, even though we have not been able to meet face-to-face. I for one appreciate the blogs but definitely understand what it all entails. Thank you, and know that you are loved also. Be well.

  4. Faith Schoon permalink

    Pastor Lyle,
    I totally understand the need to take a break from the daily writing. Please know it has been a blessing to me and the friends I often forward it to. Good luck with your doctoral work.

  5. Paul Haberstock permalink

    Dear Pastor David,

    Thank you for so gifting us through these turbulent times.

    God bless … stay well,


    On Mon, Apr 19, 2021 at 8:48 AM Grace Upon Grace wrote:

    > Dave Lyle posted: “”No, in all these things we are more than conquerors > through him who loved us.” Romans 8:37 400 Days. What began with the onset > of the coronavirus pandemic became a daily reflection during times of > racial upheaval, political unrest (and insurrection), a” >

  6. Irmgard Swanson permalink

    Thank you for doing this blog for all these many days. They have been a blessing. I look forward to whenever you are able to write another. In the meantime, may you find the extra time to be just what you need. Peace to you.

  7. Susan Shantz permalink

    I have enjoyed your daily blogs all the way from Canada. Used to attend Grace many years ago as a student at Concordia. Our pastor up here also found a well needed break was necessary. Just wanted you to know, that your daily messages have been appreciated. Many thanks.

  8. Cathy Schnittker permalink

    We totally understand how you are feeling. We too did not expect 400 days.
    We will miss your blog very much, you inspire us every day with your spiritual writings and wonderful sense of humor. You and your family have become our family.
    The violence in our world is overwhelming to all of us and we know God is having to work overtime to help us through this mess.
    Thank you so much for helping us during this pandemic. Yes, we know your family and your studies need you.
    Big hugs, Cathy and Paul Schnittker

  9. Susan Hammon permalink

    Thank you so much for these 400 days. I mill miss starting the day with scripture, commentary, stories of your family, and prayer at the end. Your choice of
    Images was always a special addition. Blessings to you as you finish your course work and spend family time.

  10. John Lattyak permalink

    Pastor Lyle, Thank you for the spiritual uplifting of your blogs durning these troubling times and for the many insights that helped us know your family better. Rest and enjoy the additional family time together.



  11. Anne-Marie Bogdan permalink

    I will miss them, too, especially the images, but totally understand. Thanks!

  12. Shelly Johnson permalink

    You’ve been an encouragement to me – all the way out here on the West coast! Grateful you followed the Lord’s leading and shared your heart with us, when it was so needed. Enjoy a well-deserved break. Blessings to you and your family.

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