From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Greetings to all!
As the ministry starts to emerge, it is a pleasure to begin seeing people in person or on Zoom. Connection is essential to us all. Yes, we must be prudent, but I think this past year has taught us that where there is a will there is a way. Let us be intentional in our willingness to come together to worship, study, and pray. I pray that your families are safe and healthy, and that there is joy in each of your hearts.
We cannot really declare ourselves faithful if we do not trust in God. Furthermore, if we say we trust in God, we must trust our lives. Not that we live perfect lives, but that we learn from what we call our successes and what we call our mistakes. It is all a learning process. If we trust that we are being guided and held by God, we then can find the courage to live. If we can hold lightly to our lives, trusting the Lord and actually taking delight in the Lord, we can be confident that God is providing. This is true in every phase of our lives.
Our hearts are where we can truly dwell with God no matter where our physical bodies might be or in what condition. God does not succumb to boundaries. We can know with a deep knowing that God is indeed Emanuel, God with us. For Christians, we can say that Christ is within. May we all remember that God has many names, including the one that has yet to be uttered. Nonetheless, let us be confident that God recognizes us all when we call with open hearts and minds.
Holy One, we thank you for this pilgrimage that is our life. We thank you that even when we make troubling mistakes and take wrong turns, you are there to guide us to the right path. May we always be open to this love, this guidance. Help us to be rooted in these lives so we can continue to grow. We know we can grow, because we are always being nourished by your love. May we always be willing to accept your abundant love.
In deep gratitude we pray, Amen
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ