Making Our Way Through Turbulent Waters

Making Our Way Through Turbulent Waters

Making Our Way Through Turbulent Waters

One of my favorite psalms is possibly one of yours as well…I’m speaking of the 23rd Psalm which is one of the psalms that King David wrote. Remember it again with me as I share from the King James translation:

Psalm 23 – A Psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

I’ve always loved that psalm. It speaks to my heart; it speaks to somewhere deep within me. This weekend I had an encounter with the small stream in the accompanying picture. It was a fairly narrow stream, but the flow of clean freshwater was very apparent both visually and audibly. As I listened and gazed at the stream, this 23rd Psalm and the words spoken by David in the second half of verse 2 and the first half of verse 3 came to mind:

He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:

 Just outside of the photo was a more turbulent area of the stream where the water was running fast over multiple rocks and tree roots making a fairly loud sound. But the water in the stream that is in the picture was far calmer and quieter.

As I looked, listened, and reflected, I was reminded that even though my life and your life might have “turbulent waters” occasionally, God’s desire is to bring us through those times into times of calm where our souls can be restored…a time for drawing closer to God and one another.

How are you doing during these extremely difficult times of Covid-19, sheltering in place, and social distancing? Do you feel as though you are traveling through “turbulent waters?” Does your soul feel like it needs to be restored?

These are difficult times. We hope and pray you to know your church, its staff, and its leaders are here for you during these times. Far more importantly, our Heavenly Father is always present; willing and able to walk alongside you and get you beyond the “turbulent waters” and into the more calm and peaceful waters that we all desire to reside within. My hope and prayer are that we all make it safely into those calmer waters and feel God’s loving embrace.

CSUMC Wednesday Zoom Check-ins

CSUMC Wednesday Zoom Check-ins

During this time of shelter in place, many of us are feeling alone and disconnected from our friends and family, our church community and our community at large. It is no wonder as we were all created for relationships and they are vital to our mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Even in the midst of this time, we find ourselves, I am reminded of the writer’s words in Hebrews 10:24-25:

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

In an effort to create an opportunity for us to “encourage one another,” we will be starting an online well check gathering that will take place on Wednesday mornings and evenings. We will be doing this through Zoom video conferencing, and it will give us an opportunity to see each other’s faces and hear one another’s voices.

Feel free to join the meeting in its entirety or join in for a few moments and then disconnect at any time during the meeting. Feel free to offer words of encouragement, share a prayer concern, offer ideas on how others might cope with sheltering in place, offer a prayer, give an account of where you have seen God at work in your life or in the lives of others or whatever else God might have put on your heart to share with those gathered on our video conference. There is no set agenda. It is merely an opportunity for us to connect with our church family. Info for how to join one or both of the meetings is below.

MORNING Family Check-In Edition

The CSUMC Family Check-In AM edition will take place each Wednesday morning from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM.

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AM EDITION

EVENING Family Check-In Edition

The CSUMC Family Check-In PM edition will take place each Wednesday morning from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

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PM EDITION

Keep in mind that in order to take part in this video conference, you need to have a desktop computer or laptop that has a camera, a microphone and speakers. You can also use your cell phone, iPad or other tablet. If you are using a device that does not have a camera, but has a microphone and speakers, you can still participate.

If you are using a tablet or phone, you will need to download the ZOOM video conferencing App.

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Please know that if you have any questions about this video conference, please don’t heistate to reach out to me either by eMail or my cell phone at 214-803-3609