Church Service – January 24, 2021
~ January 24, 2021 AD ~
My Fellow-believers in Christ, our Lord,
Numbers of our members are registering, waiting in lines, and receiving their first or second covid vaccines. Added to the numbers of us who have already contracted and survived the virus, the medical and science communities (though not in full agreement) are hinting that the pandemic may be plateauing and being brought under control.
All we need to do is be cautious and … (wait for it) … wait! As I have too often said, that word is not one of my favorite four-lettered words! I’ll come back to it, though, in a moment.
Mary Schroeder and I have a short conversation concerning Tim’s progress in healing following his recent brain aneurysm and surgery almost every day. Admittedly, progress is slow. We search for small signs that he is getting better: a movement of his body, or leg, or finger; an open eye or even an eyelid flicker; forming a word or squeezing a hand in response to something said; whatever will give us a glimmer of hope. (Maybe, we think, the upcoming Green Bay Packer game will help shock him awake or do something!) Some days we take few tiny steps forward. Others it seems we go back. Always we pray, and we trust, and (here comes that word again) we wait!
Mary asks me often to thank all who are calling, and sending cards of encouragement, and praying! She has been able to be with him in the hospital several times this week, which is a blessing for him and, I am certain, for Tim!
Even though I may not like it, according to many verses of Holy Scripture, waiting, especially waiting on the Lord, is a very good thing. Here are just a few: Psalm 27:14 ~ Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!; Psalm 37:7a ~ Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; Psalm 130:5 ~ I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; and, one more: Isaiah 40:31 ~ They who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Wait!
While we wait, regular, live worship services will be held in our Sanctuary each Sunday, beginning at 8:15 and 11 a.m. as well as in our Midweek Worship, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings. Online at www.firstlutheranhelena.org is last week’s worship, when we considered “Can anything good come out of Helena, Montana (and other places)?”
For an end to the sickness and symptoms and fears of covid; for healing and a cure for Tim Schroeder and others we know and love; for our nation and its leaders and people; for help and relief for all the challenging situations people are facing in this life; and for the coming again of our Lord Jesus … let’s continue to pray and trust and, yes … wait!
While you wait, may the peace of God that passes all understanding,
keep your heart and life in Christ Jesus our Lord! Amen!
First Lutheran Church, Helena, Montana
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