04.08.2020 Devotional

04.08.2020 Devotional

Greetings,

We are living in life-changing and life-altering times. For the past several weeks, life has been like a roller coaster. And now we find ourselves in Holy Week, and our roller coaster ride is not coming to an ending.

In scripture, we see Jesus as a hero at the beginning of Holy Week riding victoriously into Jerusalem on a colt. In these times of pandemic, we have a number of heroes and she-roes that we might wave palms to celebrate. Think of those in the health services, the military and the Army Corps of Engineers, all those risking their safety to provide us with food and daily necessities, dock workers, retail workers, trash pick-up folks, and all those who have been working each day to provide us with uninterrupted supplies of electricity, water, heat, even the internet. To all those who are keeping us safe with even a modicum of normalcy, Thank You!

So much has changed in such a short time, and so much more is changing. The rapid, broad and deep effect of the pandemic has been made real to all of us. Not one area of our lives has remained untouched. Our vulnerability has been brought to the forefront and is being tested emotionally, physically, intellectually and even spiritually.

It is with this burdened mindset that we are brought to Holy Week. It is with this burdened mindset that we recognize that the pandemic is our Holy Week. We know that things changed drastically for Jesus as Holy Week neared its end, and we in the US of 2020 have been told to brace ourselves for increased numbers of deaths and infections over the next few weeks.

Holy God, we know that Easter is coming. We are your people of resurrection. We pray that you hear our prayers and that you guide us through this darkness toward your great light. We pray in the name of the Risen Christ. Join us for worship this Sunday as we celebrate EASTER!!! (on this website or SAUMC FaceBook)

Blessings,

Pastor Denise

 

Prayers Updates:

1. Lois Brighten had a second surgery this morning at 8:00am. She is currently in the Cardiac Care Unit of St. Peter's Hospital as she had some Afib issue after the second surgery. On Friday, she will go back into the O.R. for another surgery to change the dressings on her infection. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She is exhausted and a bit concerned and could really use your prayers right now.

2. Dan Dickey is still at home on hospice. Please keep him and Amy in your prayers.

3. Bea Aho is waiting for a move to the facility that Sara Lyon's resides. Keep her in your prayers as she awaits an intake to be done.

**Please email us (saumc@comcast.net) or call (360-491-2030) with your Prayer Requests.

Stay tuned ....

We will send out a link for you to view our Co-Op Tenebrae Service that will be posted tomorrow on our Youtube Co-Op channel.

 

 
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