Wellspring Weekly News
Monday, April 20
"What are you choosing to focus on?"
This was just one of the reflection questions Pastor Cheryl gave us yesterday, yet it's been percolating in my mind as I sit with the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
As Cleopas and his wife, Mary, sorrowfully walked the road back home from Jerusalem that Sunday after Jesus' crucifixion and death, they were shocked and happily surprised to discover that Jesus --very much alive-- was with them.
As believers over the last couple thousand years can attest, the same is true of us. We do not walk our darkest hour alone. Sometimes it feels that way, though. Sometimes one of the big challenges in difficult times is simply recognizing Jesus. "Look! See! Jesus is with us!"
Here are some ways I see Jesus with us, now.
I see Jesus in the way you are coping as you check-in and connect with each other, as you care for those around you and for your own self as best you can. I see Jesus in the 246-and-counting masks that Wellspring's Merry Mask Maker team sewed, in the 7 care packages they sent out to the mainland for children of Wellspring families now grown up and working in healthcare.
I see Jesus in the way you see needs around you and move to meet them, how donations are coming in to support Friday's call from Jonathan & Vina so much-needed supplies can be given to families quarantined at IHS and to 2nd graders in a low-income neighborhood stuck at home with not much to do. (If you want to read more about that, just check out last Friday's newsletter). We're still accepting craft supplies, books, coloring books, stickers, etc.
I see Jesus in the way you are moving outside your comfort zone to worship at home and in new ways, the way you are open to different ways of communicating (like receiving these bi-weekly e-mails! Yay, you, for reading them!)
This is what I am choosing to focus on. No matter what it may look like around us, Jesus is alive and well, walking with us, changing hearts and minds to better reflect the Kingdom of God and God's mission for us along the way.
How do you see Jesus with you?