June 13, 2019 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
What a week it has been! I hope this note finds you well and recovering after the massive storm that affected our neighborhood and much of our city on Sunday. Many of you lost trees, received property damage, and several of you remain without power. Our prayers remain with you all as you continue to clean up and get back up to speed.
In moments like these, I am always comforted to see the generosity of friends and neighbors. Many of you have shared stories this week of the wonderful generosity you have received. Stories of friends opening their homes for showers or an extra bed. Stories of neighbors who haven’t spoken in months, checking in on one another to ensure everyone was safe. Stories of neighborhood kids offering to help clean yards and cut limbs. Stories of families cooking meals for others.
You know, it can be tempting to walk through our world with our guard up, expecting to see the worst. But, this week, even in the midst of our difficulties, goodness has shown through.
My dear friends, this is the good news of the Gospel. A way of life that orients us to see the light, love, holiness in all people and throughout all of creation. We are reminded in the first pages of scripture that God made everything in God’s image, and God claimed it good, so very good.
As our lives get “back to normal", may we always remember the sacredness of our everyday lives.
I look forward to seeing you on Sunday.
With great hope,