Taking a Deep God Breath – by Cheryl Green Rosario, congregant

The cherry blossoms are blooming, the birds are chirping, there have been warmer days and we are even seeing signs of pollution down and carbon emissions lowered.

We are spending more time with our families, exercising, trying new recipes, bringing out puzzles and games that were buried in cabinets and closets.

We are seeing the best of humankind. Neighbors helping neighbors, acts of heroism to make masks and other personal protective equipment for health care workers, our teachers ensuring our children continue their education, people ordering curbside to help small businesses survive and of course the hard work of our healthcare workers and first responders who are on the line every day.

These are challenging times. We’ve missed many special family moments and events and it’s been particularly upsetting not to be able to visit our loved ones and fellow congregational members in nursing homes, hospitals or even their homes.

So where do we go from here? I’ve been thinking a lot about our beloved Pastor Mayra’s longstanding advice: “Take a Deep God Breath.”  She reminds us that when challenging times are among us, stay still, feel God’s presence and take a Deep God Breath.

As you take that breath, let us meditate on these scriptures:

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning – Psalm 30:5

Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended. – Isaiah 60:20

Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened; neither dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. – Joshua 1:9

Cast all your anxiety on him (Jesus) because he cares for you. – I Peter 5:7

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. –  John 16:33

I know we all will soon stand straight again; our days will be full and we will be renewed and whole again.  As we go through Holy week, let’s be certain of our faith, of that which sustains us now and in the days to come – Jesus died and he rose from the dead!  Let’s celebrate God’s steadfast love!

Let us continue to pray and be there for each other and do our part in ensuring we stay safe and keep others safe. Social distancing is one way we are doing that by now holding our Sunday worship online. Please join FBCW’s Facebook Live worship service Sunday morning’s at 10:30 am.

Be well and God Bless.

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