How have you been, and how are you faring? It’s still surreal for me how the pandemic has affected all of us – and not just peripherally, but significantly. I’ve never experienced this in my life.
It’s affected my daily life for sure. Deb (my wife) is on the frontlines in the hospital, and I am doing my part by supporting her in the battle by running daddy daycare with my two kids. It’s definitely been a great challenge. I’ve learned more why childcare was not my life’s vocation.
Despite those daily challenges, I am ever more thankful for our health, the roof over our head, and the income we are still receiving. This pandemic has made life for those on the margins ever more unstable and vulnerable. And I pray for everyone who is facing great anxiety and upheaval from these circumstances.
Rev. Kim preached last Sunday about faith being the state of having new eyes. In the midst of all the troubles, I still see the beauty around us. I was so moved by the generosity and open hearts of our members when we appealed for support of Evangel Hall – we raised $3,123 in just two days! Things like that give inspiration and hope that life is still beautiful.
This week’s passage from Living Faith is on “Our Calling”:
We are called to work out the meaning of our lives
and to find our true vocation
in the love and service of God.
At this moment, I believe that the meaning of our lives, and our vocation right now, is to have faith, hope and love – the three pillars of our Christian faith.
Faith: to have new eyes to see God and the good in the midst of darkness and despair.
Hope: to believe that there is a brighter tomorrow beyond today.
Love: to defeat fear and shrinking into self-centredness with love that opens and enlarges our hearts. Love that chooses to care, that chooses to help those who need help, love that reaches out.
During this time, let us cling to these pillars of our faith. May faith, hope and love abound in our hearts and in our actions toward one another. That is our vocation right now, and that is how we will find meaning in this current situation.
Ps. we are praying for people every night. Do you have any prayer requests? Are there any things weighing on your heart? Please feel free to share. I will keep everything in confidence unless permitted otherwise. We are here for support and encouragement.
“Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)