Rejoice in Hope

Here we are — time is moving on and I am feeling very ready to have things get back to normal. But it is not the right time yet. The President and Governors are arguing about who gets to say when the time is right. And the other question is — what will the new normal look like?
This time is definitely a test of faith and a very good time to have some spiritual practices to keep and sustain faith during this time. Prayer, meditation, scripture and devotional reading, music, walking, working in the garden are all practices that nurture and sustain faith in hard times. What works for you? Remember, it only works if you work it.
So I pick up my Bible this morning and read one of the assigned readings for this coming Sunday. It is from First Peter 1: 6 – 7 and reads:You now rejoice in this hope, even if it’s necessary for you to be distressed for a short time by various trials. This is necessary so that your faith may be found genuine. (Your faith is more valuable than gold, which will be destroyed even though it is itself tested by fire.) Your genuine faith will result in praise, glory, and honor for you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
Are we nurturing and sustaining a genuine faith that will hold up during this current trial? I would love to hear your thoughts and concerns. Feel free to send me an email. This Sunday’s message will be a reflection on this.
Easter Blessings to you,
Pastor Steve