But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”
~ Luke 1:30
The situation in our world is frightening, and many people experience deep anxieties. More than ever we will be tested in our faith.
Everywhere we turn we are being bombarded with information, and through each announcement, my hope is that we find a way to take a moment to simply breathe, and remember that God is still present and at work. While none of us know what the day may bring, it is that way every day for us.
Our Lenten journey has certainly turned into something unexpected. I hope and pray that the Lord will deepen our faith during this time, and will find ways to fill us in ways that will remind us of God's kingdom.
Hope is not optimism and I pray that we all will be able to live hopefully in the midst of what seems to be an apocalyptic time. We have a promise and God is faithful to his promise even when we are doubtful and fearful.
As Paul says: “Our hope is not deceptive because the Holy Spirit has already been poured into us” (Romans 5:5).
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.