From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
I hope you are able to get out and enjoy the sunshine and flowers. Be good to yourselves, please! God has created this world to be enjoyed.
Please feel free to share these meditations where you see fit. God's love is for all, and love is meant to be shared.
Exile and return are important themes in the Bible, and I am grateful. Even if the pandemic had never happened, most of us at one time or another have felt that we, too, have been exiled. We have felt lonely and isolated. Yet, the theme of the Good Shepherd also runs through Scripture. In our stronger moments we know that God continues to call each and every one of us to him. This is true, no matter what our age or health. We are not forgotten.
Today I am sharing a passage from Hazelnuts from Julian of Norwich, Meditations on Divine Love by Ellyn Sanna. Julian was born sometime in 1342. In her lifetime, the plague would sweep through England three times. Yet, she could only write of God's love. In her heart she knew that our souls are eternal.
Let us take these words to heart, and live fully in the sweetness and grace that is our divine inheritance.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
P.S. According to the UN Refugee Agency, in 2019 "At least 79.5 million people around the world have been forced to flee their homes. Among them are nearly 26 million refugees, around half of whom are under the age of 18." https://www.unhcr.org/en-us/figures-at-a-glance.html
Let us pray that all people who are yearning for home find their way there. Let us also pray for India and their struggles with the pandemic. Holy God, may the nations of the world show your love and compassion by responding to these needs.
Lord, you hear our prayers.