It’s ok… April 17, 2020

It’s ok… April 17, 2020

It’s Friday night. We’ve made it through another week. Some of us had good weeks, some of us had ok weeks and others of us had rough, weary weeks.  We miss our family, our friends, we even miss school and work.  Some of us have suffered loss as we have received news of friends and family dying. We’ve just learned that being ‘on pause’ is now extended through the middle of May. We are finding ourselves emotional, weary and wondering if we will survive and wonder how much more we can take.

I’ve observed and heard from many folks over the past week, that this is where they are… one day good, one day not so good. Emotions are running deep. 

I simply say to you:

You, are a child of God. Loved by God. And you are doing ok. And right now doing ok is ok. AND it’s even ok if you’re not ok…that doesn’t change the very fact that you, child of God…are loved by God.

The Apostle Paul’s words in his second letter to the church in Corinth, writes these words in chapter 4:  

2 Corinthians 4

Therefore, since it is by God’s mercy that we are engaged in this ministry, we do not lose heart. We have renounced the shameful things that one hides; we refuse to practice cunning or to falsify God’s word; but by the open statement of the truth we commend ourselves to the conscience of everyone in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture—“I believed, and so I spoke”—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

Even though we are weary, God is still at work in us. Even though we face grief, weary and difficult days, God is at work. And even though we might not understand, we can still trust God to be present and provide. It is because God is at work that it allows us to continue to live and love the way that we do. This is the hope that we can hold and live into.

God is present, God is at work, God is providing, God is caring for, loving and protecting you all as you journey forward each day, holding the ok days and the emotion you hold and carry these days. We can remember … because God is present, because of the work of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as Paul wrote … ‘we do not lose heart…’  but live each and every day knowing and trusting that God is with us. 

Praying for you that in the midst of your days, you will be reminded that even though it might feel like it, you’re not alone in this.

Today might be a good day to reach out to a friend and chat to catch up and laugh. and in the meantime, remember…

You, are a child of God. Loved by God. And you are doing ok. And right now doing ok is ok. AND it’s even ok if you’re not ok…that doesn’t change the very fact that you, child of God…are loved by God.

May the peace of Christ be with you today and always,

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