As the Scriptures say,
“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.”
That word is the good news that was announced to you.
(1 Peter 1:24-25)
The above stained glass window at St. David's depicts the symbol of the Lutheran Church in America (the L.C.A.) - the now defunct national church body that was one of the predecessors of our current E.L.C.A. (the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). Seeing this window makes me think of how proud and important their Lutheran heritage was the founders of St. David's. It also reminds me ... that things always continue to change, that even the Church is always reforming.The above passage from First Peter states one of the foundational beliefs that provides security to our faith - that the Word of the Lord endures forever - that the promises and actions of God proclaimed in the Bible are certain ... and true ... and can be trusted. But the passage also shares one of the harsh realities of our lives - that everything else changes - the grass grows and withers, the flowers bloom and fall.With this Coronavirus crisis and our "sheltering-in-place," we're in the midst of a time of A LOT of change. There's change in our daily routines, change in our livelihoods, change in our shopping patterns, change in how we communicate with each other, change in our hygiene practices, change in our eating habits, etc., etc., etc. All around us is change, change, change. We even see it in church as we try to adapt to new ways of worshiping together ... and of reaching out ... and of keeping connected, ... and of serving others. We'll also continue to experience change, even when we do eventually can come back together, as we work out new and safe ways of spacing ourselves ... and greeting each other ... and sharing things that we hold in common.Yes, we're in the midst of a time of A LOT of change. Some of the change may be welcomed as long overdue improvements. Some of the change may be more unwelcome and take longer to get used to. But regardless, all of this change, change, change can be VERY unsettling. Yet, in the midst of this harsh reality, we hear this word of promise:
"'The word of the Lord endures forever.'
That word is the good news that was announced to you."
(1 Peter 1:25)
May this word of good news give you comfort ... and peace ... and the security of knowing that we WILL get through this.
-- Pastor Micah