Beloved Carstairs Bancroft United Church Members,
I trust that you manage keeping well in body and soul!
If you dare to watch the News on TV, or listen on the Radio, you probably heard government leaders saying that what we are in “is not a sprint but a marathon.”
This corresponds with Premier Kenney’s words to spiritual leaders of Albertan faith communities during a teleconference that took place yesterday. He said that Alberta counts on the spiritual strength and resilience of believers.
All these brought the well know Scripture verses in my mind:
“The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.“ (Isaiah 40:28-31)
It is a great promise! My personal experience is that we can utilize this gift if we make our part in this story. Our ‘tool’ for making our part is the communication with our Creator and Heavenly Father. Just as the forwarded “Our Daily Bread” devotion reminds us: “It’s Time to Pray … Again”It is through prayer that we can draw closer to God, and as James puts it in his letter: “Come near to God and he will come near to you.“ (James 4:8)
As we are in the presence of God through our prayers, the Holy One can “renew our strength”, and with this renewed strength and trust in God we can spread hope instead of despair, support instead of self-centeredness to those around us in our family, and in our community. This is how we become what Jesus called us to be: “the light of the world”.I wish that we all may experience the supporting strength of God’s presence in our prayers!
Rev. Maria Szabo Berces
Carstairs Bancroft United Church
1202 Hammond Street, Box 34
Carstairs, AB T0M 0N0