“God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear . . .” (Psalm 46:1,2 NIV)
Dear Tabernacle Family,
I recall from when I was a young child, a country western song titled “Don’t Fence Me In.” The lyrics were a plea to have plenty of room, no fences or boundaries, and bright starry skies to live under. I have thought about that over the last few weeks.
Like many others with a compromised health condition, our lives have been restricted. Maria and I are no exception and have had our lives dramatically disrupted. During this time, Maria has celebrated the anniversary of her 39th birthday, but the family couldn’t come to the house for any festivities. In the midst of this, our family has been so loving and considerate as they have extended themselves to ensure that we were adequately prepared for this siege.
Our situation has been primarily one of inconvenience. At the same time, there are thousands of Americans experiencing more dire situations. As this virus has advanced, it becomes more personal as members of your family are at a greater risk because of their vocations. People we know are being infected and that puts a face to the situation. It is no longer impersonal.
I am so grateful we serve a God who is greater than any storm of life that we encounter. I think of the Israelites when the various plagues were unleashed on Egypt. They were protected from them. Even when the final plague was to take place, the Israelites found protection from the death angel by applying the blood of a lamb to the door posts of their houses and remaining inside. We are secure in the household of God, and the blood is that of THE LAMB.
This is a time to choose to not be intimidated by the reports that are flooding our media, including social media, that can paralyze our faith. It is a time to tune our ears to hear what God is saying to His people and declare the goodness of our God.
It is also a time to reconsider the priorities of our lives and what our true treasures are. While we can’t forecast how long this situation will last, may we be diligent in reaching out to those of our extended families with encouragement and sharing the promises of God. Spend time in His Presence. If you have been too busy making a living, it is a perfect time to enjoy your family.
Look forward to seeing you soon! We are praying for you.
Pastor Al Baun
May I encourage you to remain faithful with your tithes and offerings.