In The Waiting

“Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple.” - Luke 1:21

Dear Friends,

All of you know about the Pop Up Food Pantry that we’ve been hosting (along with 2 other churches) on behalf of the Greater Canonsburg-Houston Ministerial Association for the past 10 months. With all mission and ministry, certain risks are inherent. You do your best to avoid them, mitigate them, but you can’t completely remove all risk. On Saturday afternoon, I got a phone call that one of the spouses of a key volunteer had tested positive for Covid. A little later, I got confirmation that they had tested positive as well.

As calls and contacts were made with everyone who was exposed, my thoughts went to how to limit exposure of our church and community, and how we were going to manage the coming weeks of worship and ministry. Lots of questions.

While I wasn’t able to get a test on Sunday, I was able to get in first thing Monday morning - still experiencing no more symptoms than I normally do in the Winter (sniffles, etc). I got the call to come in to the office while I was still on my way in, and within a minute of stepping into the waiting room, I was ushered back to be seen.

Having heard the stories about swabs tickling brains in order to get a good reading, I was genuinely apprehensive. I made small talk with the nurse, thanking her for all her work during this pandemic, and soon discovered that the new tests were not invasive, awkward or painful at all. She went on her way, and I waited for the doctor to come in and follow-up.

I waited.

And I waited.

And I waited. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.

But when the Doctor came, he introduced himself as “Dr. Faith” - I did a double-take. Did I just hear him correctly? “Dr. Faith?”

Sure enough, Dr. Donald J. Faith, MD, was there, giving me the rundown of procedures and when to expect back my test results. When I mentioned I was a pastor, and that I had a fairly important event coming up, he talked about being one of the sound techs at St. Peters in Brownsville, and how he had to fill in last minute after someone else had called off.

When I left, I had a good feeling about things. Sure, this was a wrench thrown into one of the biggest weeks of the entire year, but we were prepared, and we have a tremendous team at Canonsburg UP. And of course, God is in this with us - we just need to keep the faith… in this case, Dr Faith.

By today, I was very much looking forward to telling you the rest of the story. Unfortunately, I’m still waiting for those test results. It’s continued to throw a curve ball into the week. I’m quarantining at home, still not experiencing any symptoms, fully expecting to receive a negative test result… any moment now. But I haven’t yet. So I’m… waiting.

There’s something stressful… and also peaceful in the waiting. I can’t do anything about it. I can check my e-mail, the Patient Portal, I can harass the doctor’s office all I want, but none of that works. It’s best to surrender to God, to receive his peace in the moment, and continue to have a little (Dr.) Faith.

No matter what happens with me, Christmas is still happening this year. We really do have some special things for Christmas Eve services tomorrow - 7pm, 9pm & 11pm online on Facebook and YouTube and the website. I’m looking forward to worshipping with you… and in the meantime, we wait, in faith.

Welcoming YOU to Grow in FAITH,

Pastor Don

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