Dear Avenue Community Church,
“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
In God, whose words I praise -
In God I trust and am not afraid.”
Psalm 56v 3-4
These are the words of David. They were birthed when David was captured by his enemies, the Philistines. During this time, David lived each day in uncertainty and fear. In the midst of not knowing what tomorrow holds, he confessed, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” In challenging and fearful times, David anchored himself in God and his promises.
The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our world upside down in a matter of days, causing fear and anxiety to creep into our lives from all directions. What are you afraid of? Are you worried, fearful and anxious about the present situation? Are you concerned about your job and your finances? Are you sleepless thinking about your loved one’s who are vulnerable? Do you have fears about your health? Do you have thoughts about death?
These fears and concerns are real and they need to be acknowledged for what they are.
However, it is possible for fear and trust to occupy our mind at the same time. I want to invite us to trust God when we are afraid. God is faithful and always true to his promises. He is God with us and He will never leave us nor forsake us in difficult times. May we put our trust in God. For He is more than able to meet us in our fear and lead us through the dark times.
I am grateful for our pastors and our Elder Board who have chosen to engage this uncharted territory by prayerfully trusting in God and also coming together to make decisions for us to be church in loving and caring ways. Here are some things we are adapting during this time…