From Rev Sue Ann Yarbrough
The season is changing, so let us remain open to how God is moving in all our lives. These are uneasy times, but God has never abandoned God's people. We are held. When you are ready to try a short Zoom worship, do let me know. It will be good to connect with you and those you serve once more.
Autumn blessings to you all!
This scripture often comes to mind when I get frustrated and think that life is just not going my way. Well, I guess I should say I think of this scripture after my frustration subsides. Eventually, I catch my breath and ask myself, "Where is my treasure? What am I trying to hold on to?" There are all sorts of things we try to hold on to: money, reputation, expectations, even our indignation just to start the list. However, we know life is changeable, and what seemed so certain yesterday may not appear anywhere near that secure and solid today.
Frustration usually is rooted in fear. We fear the loss. We fear what this means for our families and ourselves. Yet, the promise is that God is always with us. We forget that because God cannot be put in a box for safekeeping. God is not a thing to hold. No amount of worry of frustration will bring God any closer. We must let God be God.
However, life is richer for all of us if we aim for being calm, collected, and most of all grateful. There our treasure will always be found, safe and sound. What is our treasure? Love, of course. It really is all we have.
Our prayer today is a short reading from the Dutch writer, Etty Hillesum, written in July 1942. She died in 1943 in a concentration camp at the age of 29.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ
SpiritCare Ministry to Seniors