When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. Isaiah 43:2
My two sons, Josh and Caleb, grew up in the small town of Delphos out in Western Ohio. Consequently, they were familiar with the tornado sirens which could be heard all throughout the city. The first distinctive siren, the Tornado Watch, meant conditions were right for a tornado to occur and you should be cautious and careful. The second distinctive siren was the Tornado Warning, indicating a tornado had been sighted and you needed to take action. At the sound of this siren, Caleb would run and hide in the shower of our bathroom. (It was a safe place being in the very center of our home.) However, we would rescue him from that spot and all go down into the basement where we would sit and wait out the storm.
Usually, within a few minutes, we were all excited to hear the “All Clear Siren.” This meant the worst of the storm was over, the tornado had passed through town and it was all right for us to resume our normal life.
Well, it’s been far more than a few minutes so we are all exited to hear the CDC, the governor and our elders give us the “All Clear Siren.” This means the worst of the pandemic is over, the crisis has passed and it is all right for us to resume our normal life.
Inside this Messenger you can read the Session’s decision to resume Sunday morning worship and meetings as normal.
As we return to a more normal lifestyle, I am reminded of the words from Isaiah. For just as God was with the Israelites as they passed through the waters and the fire; God was with us as we passed through this pandemic. And I give thanks that our great and mighty God will be with us in each and every storm that we encounter in this world. But right now, let’s rejoice and praise God for the All Clear Siren! In Christ’s Love, Pastor Steve