I Miss You!
"Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith." - 1 Thessalonians 3:10
I miss you.
I may not have done a very good job conveying that in the past 3 months since we've gathered together for in-person worship. But I do.
I've tried to offer a daily encouraging word, an opportunity to check-in, a lament here and there, but my main desire was to strengthen you, to spur your hope and to maintain your courage. I wonder if sometimes it's given the impression that I could or would carry on like this indefinitely. But that is definitely not the case.
As I shared in yesterday's video, we were not meant to be alone. As I've stated many times over the years, we were not meant to live alone. God showed us the value of our physical bodies and of community when Jesus wrapped himself in flesh in the incarnation.
So, in case there's any question in your mind, I miss you.
I miss coming in to the sanctuary at 8:15am and saying hello to Mildred Miller in the back row. I miss high-fiving the children as they come and sit down on the steps for the children's moment. I miss the voices of our lay leaders and their unique gifts. I miss looking out on the faces of our longtime members and first-time guests as I invite them to upcoming events, share with them from the scriptures or send them out welcoming people to grow in Jesus.
But I don't just miss them, I miss you.
I miss being able to greet you on the way in to worship, during the service or on the way out. I miss talking with you in fellowship hall, in the parking lot and everywhere else we gather.
And whether or not you miss me… I know you miss gathering together in our sanctuary, our fellowship hall and even in the parking lot before and after worship. These are special places with special memories that point us back to a very special God who promises to be with us wherever we are.
As the Task Force continues to read, pray and meet together, mapping out a plan for re-gathering, I expect to be able to share more detailed information. In the meantime, please pray for them: Beth Anderson, Nicole Bargerstock, Leanna Coyle, Jeannie Jones, Cassandra Laughlin, Jim Reynolds, Josh Snyder and the rest of the Session. Please pray for all of our members who are feeling frustrated, lonely, angry and depressed. Please pray that we can strengthen and encourage one another, building each other up in love, until the day we can say, I have missed you - but I'm excited to see you now!
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,