Greetings St. John’s Lutheran Church!
Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?” The LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, and say, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too wonderful for the LORD? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.” –Genesis 18:11-14
Old, Advanced in Age
One of many changes brought on by social isolation is the presence of children at home during daytime hours. Hearing the children in my neighborhood playing outside brings me joy. It also reminds me that my childhood is only retreating further into the past! Even at the relatively young age of thirty-two, I experience moments where I, like Sarah, feel that certain opportunities in life have passed me by. Will I ever be as happy and carefree as I once was as a child?
Shall I have pleasure?
Right now, as many of us continue to be cut off from family and friends and from favorite social activities like eating out, watching sports, making music, and attending parties, it can feel as if all the pleasure in life is gone. Whether you are bored out of your mind or rushed off your feet, you may feel that there is no space for true joy.
Is anything too wonderful?
God finds ways to bless us even in the most difficult circumstances. Even in old age, Sarah and Abraham are blessed with a child. How might God be blessing you? Join us for the following opportunities to consider how God is with you.
Embrace God’s grace conveyed in the words of Paul in Romans. Weekly meditations will be posted on Facebook on Thursdays.
Revel in God’s wonders revealed to the family of Abraham. Weekly worship videos are posted on our website and Facebook on Sundays. See page 5.
Connect to God’s love through community and prayer. Weekly prayer sessions will be hosted online at 12 PM on Tuesdays starting June 9th. See page 4.
God Makes a Way
Even in this time of isolation, God makes a way for us to experience the abundance of his love! I pray that God’s blessings will be made apparent to you this month.
In Christ, Pastor Kat