A Daily Dose of Good News
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Pastor Steve’s devotion is offered live at https://youtu.be/amuf6Vzd3iM
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Other special announcement: As you may or may not be aware, Carol Stewart passed away in her apartment last Pentecost Sunday evening. Her family will be having a small private service (within our current pandemic limit of 10 persons per gathering) in the sanctuary at 11am Saturday, June 6.
You may participate in the funeral online at www.engagedbygrace.org/livestream
Persons feeling well and wearing face coverings over mouth and nose
may pay respects 9-11am at church in groups of no more then 10 persons at a time.
Others will be asked to wait their turn at the front door.
Do not be ashamed, then, of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God, who saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose and grace. This grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. For this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher, and for this reason I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know the one in whom I have put my trust, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that day what I have entrusted to him. (2 Timothy 1:8-12)
The Cream Rises
The cream always rises
So the old adage goes.
The way sweet cream rises in a cup of hot coffee,
The cream also rises when times get tough
And challenges abound.
And that’s certainly been my observation
Within the world and community events
That have been churning around us in 2020
With the onset and spread of a COVID-19 virus pandemic
Which continues to pervade the world population
More and more fully …
And the cavalcade of civic unrest
In the aftermath of several successive incidents of racial brutality
On top of the history which has preceded it …
The most recent of which with George Floyd
Captured on minutes of video that seemed like hours
Perhaps viewed intently by people
with more time on their hands
Sheltering at home as they’ve been for months
Damming up their own anxiety and concern
Over an uncertain future …
And you have the makings of a social eruption.
So immediate and frenetic
That worthy concerns and responses
Are nearly neutralized by opportunistic disruption
For for the sake of destructive disruption alone.
Except those responses have not been neutralized
Because the cream rises
The cream rises in the medical profession’s
Response and care to victims of the COVID virus
With too many themselves becoming infected
And succumbing to the disease themselves.
The cream rises in communities of faith that are so essential
The pivot to new remote formats in a matter of days
And continue their witness to a God
Who accompanies us in these challenges
With the promise of a new and healthy and just day
The cream rises in outreach to the hungry
And mutual consolation via letter, phone, and internet.
The cream rises in marches for the truth
Communities of faith speaking out on matters of human justice
And rebuking attempts to politicize their mission
With photo ops and any other desecrations.
The cream rises
Stirred by the power of Holy Spirit
Which Jesus sends after his resurrection
After religious, civic and physical challenges of his own
All of which gives us the historic assurance
That indeed, this too shall pass.
Thanks be to God for the gift of the Spirit
In you and across the country.
Rather than hanging heads in shame
Amid the challenges of the day,
The cream is rising.
Truth and peace and hope and life are rising.