Four months into this new way of living with covid-19 it’s easy to stew over what we have lost. The list is long: special occasions, school lessons, family fellowship, vacation planning, dining out. For many, income, job security, food shortage and the lives of loved ones are on this list of losses, too. In the midst of such worries, disappointments, fears and deaths, it’s easy to lose sight of the blessings God continues to provide.
Our hope as Christians is to remember the many ways that God still comes down to us in love and salvation. When we make the sign of the cross, we make a vertical line down from our heads to our hearts. During 2020 it will be the goal at Our Savior to make sure we don’t forget the “down” part of that cross. There have been losses, but we are still receivers of God’s blessings. God is still coming down to us.
When it comes to blessings, we are first receivers, and then we are to be givers. At difficult times like now, our gifts may seem meager, but put in the hands of God, these gifts can be so much more. Mark’s Biblical story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 from a young child’s lunch reminds us that even in the midst of scarcity, God provides in abundance, so that we might share in abundance.
Our Savior continues to share your gifts to help others by supporting Our Father’s House, Caring Hearts, the Haddonfield community caseworker, and the food pantry (Peace Center) at Bridge of Peace Church in Camden. In May LCOS pantry families received Acme gift cards to meet their needs into June. For more information about these gifts and other social concerns, please see the Social Ministry’s report in this issue. God’s blessings continue to come down through your support as stewards of God’s love. Thank you for your gifts. And don’t forget to count your blessings!