“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
Last week, we pastors spent the week at Lutheridge for a much-needed time of respite. We found that since March, like many of you, we had not gotten a mental “break,” and were feeling fatigued. Our week in the mountains as a family was filled with rest, recuperation and spiritual renewal. Thank you for your prayers while we were traveling.
Taking a break from the daily video devotions also gave us an opportunity to consider the best way to continue keeping a spiritual connection during this time of social distancing. Starting next week, we will begin posting one weekly devotion on Tuesdays and hosting a Zoom Pastors’ Class on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm. More information to come.
Although we tried to “unplug” from some of the news last week, we did continue to monitor the surge in COVID cases in our state and in the Charleston area. It has been disheartening to watch the numbers rise at alarming rates this summer. However, it has been heartening, one could say, to see the way individuals, businesses and communities have been stepping up to try to promote safety practices that will help us overcome this ominous challenge. We believe that if we work together, we can all do our part to help the medical community get control of the outbreak in our area.
As noted above, we personally know how helpful it can be to get a “break” this summer. As we enter the July 4th holiday weekend, we hope you can also find ways to do the same. However, as you choose your respite activities, please keep in mind that the virus does NOT take a break! Our prayers are with you for rest and relaxation while keeping the safety of yourself and others at the forefront. Remember, even if this Independence Day doesn’t “feel” as festive as others in the past, this is only temporary, and we will get through this together!
As we move into July, please keep parents, teachers and administrators in our area schools in your prayers. We know that they are all anxious about how the community’s response in the coming weeks will affect how they are able to return to school in August. May our prayers, choices and actions honor their commitment to the safety and education of the next generation of our children, youth and young adults. Remember, it takes a village!