There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
Last month I was joyfully surprised to see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce new guidelines for us to follow.
For some this has been confusing and a bit frightening. Traversing this pandemic has been like sailing through a storm and being swamped by waves. Yet, even in the middle of storms Jesus is in the boat with us calling us to faith. He says to his disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26) It is His power than calms storms. St. John tells us that in times of worry or fear we hold on tighter to the knowledge that Jesus loves us and is ever present with us.
With this in mind we come to the CDC’s guidelines. Two facts stand out that bear repeating.
Let us no longer live in fear. Fear seeks to divide God’s people from each other and the Lord. Now is a time to gather and rejoice at all the Lord is doing at Holy Trinity. I look forward to worshipping with you this Sunday.