From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
Scripture: John 14:18-19
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Soon, the world will no longer see me, but will see me. Because I live, you will too."
It is important to listen to our thoughts. Many of them, like the one above, are helpful. Yet, many of our thoughts are rooted in fear. Those thoughts are generally not helpful. They are usually "old tapes" that have been running in our minds for years, if not decades.
One of the advantages of a meditation practice is that we can begin to release those old, non-helpful thoughts. God wants us to do well, to "bear good fruit," as Jesus often said. This is true all of our lives.
Some of you I cannot see right now. This month's wave of omicron certainly has been vexing. Yet, it can never have the last word. Let us always remember that God is the Alpha and the Omega, and God is always with us.
May the world know your peace. Help us to live in that peace so we can nourish peace in others. Help us to remember to lift our hearts and our minds to you. We know worrying usually results in a fretful harvest, rather than a fruitful one. We surrender ourselves to your abundant love. Thank you for helping us to learn to trust only in You, and not in our worries and fears. We know that in your ever present love we find eternal life, and we give you thanks and praise.
In gratitude we pray,
Grace and peace to all,
Rev. Sue Ann
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ