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Again I am reminded during this Extreme Lent season how blessed I am. While I am doing without, I continue to look around and see the good things that I take for granted every day. We have the luxury of being able to get outside enjoy fresh air, even though it is a bit chilly today. I am thankful that I am able to contact members of our congregation to stay in touch. God is helping me to find new or forgotten ways to stay connected as we enter this Holy Week. Keep up the good work Rob!
There is a lot of - I used to take this for granted - going around. I was watching a few minutes of an old baseball game on TV the other night, and I realized that I was feeling a bit jealous of the fans in the stands and the players who were interacting normally without isolation or social distancing. They didn't know how good they had it!
The communication tools that we have at our fingertips that keep us connected are certainly reasons to be thankful!
Hi BPC Family! I miss you all so much and can’t wait for the day when we can all be back together in worship!! I completely agree, Bobbie, and I continue to see all the good things I take for granted as well during this challenging time. At my job, I am surrounded by children with disabilities and people with serious conditions, and I’m always reminded of my blessings. Also, my little bird friend came during the first week of the virus hitting our country and state, and I needed it more than I ever realized because I was so overcome by fear that I lost sight of God. This little bird reminded me of Him and His incredible wonders, and so I decided to name it Angel. It’s been three weeks now since I first saw him and he still sits in the same spot every day when I eat lunch inside. “Each little flower that opens, each little bird that sings. He made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings!”❤️
Our feeder is highly populated by yellow finches right now. So bright and beautiful and mixing with the cardinals' red. We also listened for a long time to a meadowlark the other evening. Its range of songs and calls was spectacular. Birds are such a great metaphor for Holy Spirit.
And your bird continues to come and see you!
The birds where I live are such a joy these days. More so than usual. Living in a rural area I see and hear so many. I love the bluebird story. I am sad about Easter this year. Of course. But I have passed on my Easter outlook for 2020 to several on FB and I will just pass it on here as well. The churches will be empty Easter morning, but don't fret. The tomb too was also empty. Take care and love to all.
Empty tomb, empty church. Really nice connection, Cindy. Last Easter, we parked a hearse in front of the church filled with flowers. A sign on it said, "Why do you look for the living among the dead?" from Luke. Our churches will be "dead" on Easter Sunday in the sense of being empty. But the church is and will be most certainly alive!
The birds lift my spirits too. When Cora & I were enjoying a walk in the woods, she commented that we can hear the birds better if we are still. It occured to me that it can work that way with God sometimes too.
I’ve heard so many great thoughts from kids this week. Cora is so right! God communicates with us in ways that almost require us to be still in order to comprehend. Maybe this period of slow down and isolation can remind us of this and give us a unique chance to practice. Thanks, Anna.
"Togetherness!" Wow, we Christians are being separated physically but not spiritually knowing the bond we share as special friends! My heart is aching for those who are fearing losing a loved one to this virus or maybe losing their own life. We may not know any of these people, but God does and I think HE'S wanting us to pray for all of them. God knows who they all are, He has the power to heal them, God hear our prayers, HE'S listening to us. HE'S given us quiet times in our homes, much free time. Why? Maybe because HE wants us to have time, take the time, to pray for the sick, the people going thru these difficult times, medically, emotionally, financially, and maybe with relationships. Please pray!! What can we do for others? We are each so blessed. I'm still searching, asking HIM to show us the way. I love you all! Your friend, Sharon
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