From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
SpiritCare has received a donation of reusable masks as well as some disposable ones. If your community has a need, do let me know. Blessings to each of you as we light the candle of Love this Sunday. Please remember that we are praying for the health of you, your communities, and all those you love.
There are 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah, so these words of encouragement are coming very close to the end of the book. I find these words comforting, because what I am understanding is that we should not fear change, but rather embrace it. How we move through change depends very much on our mental outlook. If we want to cling to the past, or to the way things have always been done, we risk creating an idol of the past. However, if we believe these words in Isaiah, we know that God is creating something new right now. In these words we can hear God asking us to trust that a new heaven and earth are being created "as a joy" and that the people will be a source of gladness.
This Sunday Christians will be lighting the 4th Advent candle, the candle of Love. May the world open their hearts to this Love that is always with us. I am including two verses of "Lift Up Your Heads, O Mighty Gates," adapted from Psalm 24:7-10.
Let us imagine our hearts as gates. Let us raise these gates, and let Love in.
Lift up your heads, O mighty gates;
behold the glorious Ruler waits!
The Sovereign One is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here.
Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven's employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.
Words: Georg Weissel, 1642; translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1855
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ