When I look at the present time of troubles from the Pandemic and political division in our country, I have a hard time seeing any bright spots. However, this short-sighted point of view is wrong. After reflection, I realize that my life has been a collection of bright spots throughout my whole existence. I had a happy childhood with both a father, mother, brother and grandparents whom I lived with in Latrobe, Pennsylvania until I left to go to college at Penn State.
One of the bright spots came in my junior year when I met my future wife on a blind date on New Year’s Eve. That led to 54 years of marriage, and two children. The birth of children and grandchildren are very bright spots in any person’s life and especially watching them develop into responsible and successful adults.
Perhaps the brightest spot this past year has been the love and devotion of our two Pastors who continue to lead our spiritual journey in many ways, especially continuing with sermons and prayers even though in person worship has been prohibited. We are indeed blessed by Grace Lutheran leaders and members who help us stay connected in this isolated year.
Finally, my hope is that the brightest spot is still to come when the vaccine leading to herd immunity will end the pandemic.
We can take courage in the words of Paul from Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Stay safe and I hope to see you all again soon.
The people of Grace share their favorite bible stories for the 2023 Lenten Devotional: I Love to Tell the Story. Each day's devotional will be automatically posted so come back daily after 7 am for a new reflection.