Epistle #26: Tears & Smiles

“Weeping may go on all night, but in the morning, there is joy”!
Psalm 30:5 (The Living Bible)

Dear Members of the Church Community,

This was one of my dear mother’s favorite verses.  It was so appropriate that she passed away on a Sunday morning – just over 2 years ago – and entered into joy with her Lord.

During the last month or so, I have done my share of weeping, but when morning comes, I smile as I thank God for another new day.  The disappointments we are facing are certainly difficult to accept – especially for our younger folks missing out on prom, graduation ceremonies and parties, and other school events.  My husband has done quite well even without his golf  “fix” on television. The thing I missed the most this month was the singing . . . I look forward to choir,  and listening to our Easter Cantata on YouTube wasn’t quite the same as standing before the whole congregation and sharing my voice with my fellow choir members on those special Sundays this month.

Tom and I have family in many places . . . California, Washington, Nevada, Arkansas, Texas, North Carolina, as well as Iowa.  We don’t see those from other states often, but I think we are missing them more just because we are unable to see them.  Phone calls and social media relieve the fears of not knowing how they are getting along, but it isn’t the same as a physical visit.

I am so encouraged by the kindness and caring I have seen displayed by our church community and our own town and many others across the nation.  I pray that this continues even after this pandemic is gone.

My confirmation verse (presented by Pastor Fred Boyce at the old St Paul Lutheran Church) is a support and comfort to me. Matthew 28:20 in part (King James Version) – “and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”  What a wonderful promise for all of us!

A couple of years ago, I signed up for a prayer vigil hour and found the most delightful little book to read while there. I came away with this prayer and I think it works in all circumstances, especially in this time of confusion and concern.  It really sums up the entire situation.  “Please heal my fear-based thoughts. Amen”.

Martha Knapp April 18, 2020

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