Our Pastor

Rev. Alison W. Grove

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Grace and peace dear friends,

In 1925, L.B. Cowman published the classic devotional book, "Streams In The Desert." This work includes 365 daily devotional readings, and was edited by James Reimann in 1996. It's incredible to me how a work written so many years ago is timely to our day and age, our present circumstances if you will. 


The daily reading for April 16th began with this verse from Hebrews 11:8: "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going." 


As I listened to Governor Wolf's and Dr. Levine's latest report last night. I am not certain where the Commonwealth is going once May 8th arrives. I see a tremendous task ahead for determining the safety of our state for which regions will remain in the red light status for a longer length of time; while others will have the ability for moving into lesser restrictions under a yellow or green light?  


Of course, I want to see our economy moving again in productive ways. But my heart longs for that to be accomplished in a safe manner for all.


Abraham "did not know where he was going"--it simply was enough for him to know he went with God. He did not lean as much on the promises as he did on the Promiser. And he did not look at the difficulties of his circumstances but looked to his King--the eternal, limitless, invisible. wise only God--who had reached down from His throne to direct his path and who would certainly prove Himself.


That's faith! That's the kind of faith I am counting on because I don't have a clue as to what church will look like or be when we are able to return to our sanctuaries. I say that because I believe that our previous behaviors when we gathered as a group are going to change. As we move into holding gatherings again I can see two physical characteristics that we'll need to follow for an indefinite period of time. Wearing masks and maintaining our social distancing for being 6 feet apart. Most certainly those two practices will be determined by the advice and strong suggestions from our Secretary of Health. 


I don't say these two things for wearing masks or for keeping six feet social distancing for creating fear among us. I say them because I believe we can practice these two just like we've all learned to wash our hands more often. I'm trusting in God for giving each of us the wisdom to do these things and more so while worshiping a limitless God. 


Abraham's life was filled with faith. At God's command he left home and went to another land--obeying without question. May we all remember that when God asks us to do something, the Lord himself will give us the necessary strength for carrying out that task be it wearing masks or staying six feet apart.


May the following prayer become your prayer as you move through the rest of your day. 


Merciful and loving God, I come seeking quiet communion with you. 

In this place apart from confusion and stress, 

grant me stillness of heart and quietness in your presence. Amen. 


Now go forth today sensing the power and glory of God wherever you go or whatever you do.


Pastor Alison


 “All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.”

-- Julian of Norwich



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