We continue in our new Light for the Way series. Our goal is to deepen our focus on scripture. Each week we’ll provide an examination of a biblical reading, being mindful of our shared service to older adults. Thank you for engaging with this series as we draw closer to our Christian Ministry value, and our pledge to seek wisdom through prayer and reflection.
By Campus Pastor Keith Lomen, Orchard Path and Valley Ridge
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” —Galatians 6:9-10
We are now six months-plus into the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m reminded of lyrics from the classic song "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." These words might well describe our mood these days:
When you're weary, feeling small
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all
I'm on your side, oh, when times get rough
And friends just can't be found …
Are you weary, feeling small? Yes, and yes. Are tears in your eyes? Or perhaps you’ve cried them all out already! These are tough times, and while friends can be found, they can’t be hugged or met with, so what good are they right now anyway? These are all very common feelings these days.
This far into this unprecedented time, there is a fatigue settling deep into our hearts. We long for human contact, for good old-fashioned fun, for ANY sense of normalcy. Mostly, though, we long for the end of this.
Two thousand years ago, Paul was writing a letter to a bunch of weary Christians in Galatia who perhaps shared many of our feelings back then. But Paul urged them not to grow weary in their well-doing, in their ministry to one another. Better things and better times are ahead, Paul said, but we must not give up. We must endure. A giant harvest of eternal blessings will be ours if we do not give up.
If weariness and loneliness are the enemy, we must fight them like enemies. So, we preach to ourselves the promises of God, the love of God, the forgiveness of our sins, the hope of a glorious eternity in heaven with God. We don’t have to endure forever — just for today. Since Christ did the dying for us, God only calls us now to live for Him and with Him, one day at a time. In Christ, we are no longer weary, we are energized by the Spirit. We no longer feel small, we are in Him, big enough. Never forget it, my friends, and never doubt it.
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