“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you— that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.”
Romans 1:11-12

Paul’s words to the Romans, here, have seemed amazingly relevant to me this past week. For even though it has only been two weeks since I have seen most of you, I can truly say that I find myself longing for your presence and fellowship. And, indeed, for some of you it has been even longer due to this past year of pandemic craziness. So, yes, I am longing for the day when all these temporary restrictions and limitations will be nothing but a faint memory. But then, of course, life on this broken planet will present other challenges for us to face! So it’s a good thing that we have an All-Sufficient, Sovereign Lord!

As most are aware, I tested positive for the virus and so have been confined at home since a week ago last Thursday. The good news is that my journey has not been nearly as rough as some, partly due to the fact that I had already had the first vaccine which likely primed my body to recognize and fight this invader (but above all due, of course, to God’s undeserved mercy to such a rotten sinner!) At this point, I am mostly just very tired and wear out after a couple hours activity. But I do seem to be improving, praise the Lord! So, while I long to be there with you all this morning, wisdom dictates that I give this thing at least one more day of rest before trying to return to my normal activity!

So please continue to pray for me and my wife (Daughter, Kim, fled the house and escaped infection by staying with friends!) Pray also for Stuart and Jennifer and others who are also staying home to recover from the virus as well. And pray that all of us will recover quickly, with no one else getting sick so that we can gather once more to celebrate our risen, reigning Lord next Sunday.

Resting in the Lord and His faithfulness to those who trust Him!

Pastor Scott