1 Corinthians 12:12ff. – “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many . . . God has so composed the body . . . that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.”
I LOVE YOU!
My brothers and sisters of Grace Lutheran Church and friends,
My heart aches for you.
You have been through so much in the last 5.5 months that I can’t begin to understand or take away. You have undergone worship changes, transportation changes, fellowship changes, family changes, health changes, lifestyle changes, job changes, emotional changes, spiritual changes, and so many, many others.
In the course of these past 5.5 months, I have heard a question phrased in a multitude of ways, but to put it in my own words, it is, “Pastor, are things going to get back to the way they used to be?” “How much longer is this going to go on?”
I don’t know how long this will all last.
I don’t know how much will go back to what it “used to be.”
I don’t know if I can help you through all your changes, but I will sure try.
I don’t know . . . a lot.
I don’t fully understand your personal situation, but I know you have endured a lot, and to a greater or lesser degree, have adapted to many of the changes. But so many of you have tired of the changes and would like to have these last 5.5 months erased from the DVD or VHS of our lives and resume things as they were in February 2020. I go back to the words of Solomon in Proverbs 3:5-6,
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
6 In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.
As a congregation here at Grace Lutheran in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, we are “one body” in Jesus Christ. When one of us struggles, we struggle together, and when one is honored, we rejoice together.
I know that whatever the time frame, whatever the changes, whatever . . . you and I can anchor ourselves in our God and His promise in Jesus that through the cross and resurrection He has and “will make straight your paths.”
Shalom in Jesus our Risen Messiah,
Pastor Peter M. Peitsch