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Are you feeling overwhelmed and anxious? In good times and bad, it has been our practice at Shepherd to turn to the Scriptures for, not answers, but comfort and peace...because in the scriptures we find the story of humanity's experience with our shared Creator.
The Psalms are a beautiful place to "find" our shared humanity. In them, we hear words of lament, words condemning others and crying out for God's vindication, and the promise of God's never-ending love. This morning as I considered the brokenness of our world, I turned to Psalm 103...not for a "timeline" of when God will act, but for the assurance that God is ever loving and faithful to God's Creation. "The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love." These words were written by someone experiencing something profound, then relying on their own lived experience of God's presence to carry them through the moment.
We invite you to share a scripture (or other hopeful/helpful writing) that is carrying you through this time. If you're unfamiliar with scripture, don't worry. Just Google "scripture" with a word that describes your current emotion, e.g., "scripture fear". You'll be surprised by what pops up.
If you're uncomfortable with gender specific pronouns and names for God, don't worry about it. We don't. At Shepherd, we know "God" as LOVE, regardless of how we believe or express ourselves.
In deconstructing the barriers that language creates, we open ourselves to better understand that we are all connected through our shared humanity. I would love to hear about you and how you're feeling. Please connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And know that I am not "just" the Pastor for the people of Shepherd of the Hills. I am a Pastor for our community and would love to walk with you through this time if you don't have a pastor or spiritual leader to walk with you. No strings attached. Your thoughts and feelings are safe with me.
God's Loving Peace be with you,
Pastor Janet Kettering
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