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Through It All, I've Learned to Trust in Jesus

We are in a new season of BC and CE – Before Covid and Covid Era. That’s a joke and here we are entering the fourth month of some degree of sheltering in California due to the coronavirus.  Lance has a co-worker whose whole family came down with it. Church members have had family and friends in others parts of the country die from the virus. One of our members, Summer Singh, had direct contact with a co-worker who tested positive and died less than a week later.
I believe few of us imagined it would be like this for so long with an unknown end. None of us expected to face something like this at this point in our lives. Whether young or old, we are surprised that life as we know it and expected has changed so drastically. We each had plans and dreams for our lives and those we love that certainly did not include isolating in place. That ranged from going to school to working at jobs or visiting family and friends or coming to church and singing together. Simple ordinary things that are now extra-ordinary. The simplest things like going to the grocery store can be an unusual challenge and stress.
Friends, we are in a season of great worldwide mourning whether we admit it or not. We miss a lot of things that we took for granted before. Perhaps you have heard about the stages of grief. The more common ones are shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. In the  midst of this, you may feel paralyzed and emotionless at times. Maybe you can recognize some of these stages in your life recently. The stages may not go in this order. Stages can repeat and some may take longer. Grief is unique for each person and what they miss. And the losses continue.
As we would encourage anyone who is dealing with a great loss (and surely this is a big one), be gracious to yourself and others. Be kind. We are all in it together. We cannot know what others are dealing with. Find safe places and people to name and express your loss, even when it seems obvious.
Above all, remember that our Lord Jesus is with us. You are not alone even if you are physically by yourself. Welcome God’s presence to be with you and lead the way. This song by Andre Crouch seems to say it all for such a time as this. Maybe you are familiar with it. I hope the words give you comfort and courage for this unusual time we are in.  God’s steadfast love  endures forever. 

Through It All, I've Learned to Trust in Jesus                
by Andre Crouch

I've had many tears and sorrows,
I've had questions for tomorrow,
there's been times I didn't know right from wrong.
But in every situation,
God gave me blessed consolation,
that my trials come to only make me strong.
I've been to lots of places,
I've seen a lot of faces,
there's been times I felt so all alone.
But in my lonely hours,
yes, those precious lonely hours,
Jesus lets me know that I was His own
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to trust in Jesus,
I've learned to trust in God.
Through it all,
through it all,
I've learned to depend upon His Word.

Blessings, Anne