Before anything else, remember that the prophets, major and minor, always “trend up,” meaning the typical cycle is sin-judgement-redemption-restoration. This is never grounded in the righteousness of Israel, but in the character of God and his commitment to love his people faithfully. This means that even when you fail, or more accurately especially when you fail, God remains faithful. This is where trust comes from in the Christian faith. All around the world right now there are sermon series being preached on trust — which is perfectly fitting.
One of the most beautiful expressions of God’s enduring faithfulness is in Zephaniah 3:16-17
Fear not, O Zion;
let not your hands grow weak.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
So many things necessary in this moment are mentioned here: freedom from fear, strength to continue, knowledge of God’s delight in us, quietness and, above all, his presence in our midst. Re-read these words, rest in them, trust them. And as Paul says in various ways, “encourage one another with these words.” Do that. Certain truths are much more powerful when spoken to us. So speak them to one another.
Many thanks to the people who pitched in to sew surgical masks. Apparently we’ve already hit our quota, which is outstanding. We will let you know if the need arises again.
Thanks also to all of you who have been giving to needy families through Jubilee Reach. Below is an update from Sara Loudon:
The response for the need for diapers and personal hygiene products from Jubilee Reach and the West Seattle Church has been overwhelming. As you can see, we filled the shelves. Thank you. It has been heart-warming to see the piles of supplies waiting at the back door each day. The givers are generous and anonymous; the receivers are amazed and so grateful. The request from Jubilee has shifted a bit this week as more recipients show up with specific needs. Same protocol: drop the items off at the back door of the church; it will be brought inside each day at 4:00. Let us know if you are able to help deliver the items on Tuesdays.
Bulk Food (lots needed)
Dry Pinto Beans
Butter, sticks, salted
Laundry soap (have none now)
Dish soap (have none now)
Disinfecting wipes (have none now)
All-purpose cleaning spray (have none now)
Size 6 diapers
Liquid hand soap – small bottles