September 22nd, 2023 | Rev. Dr. Mark Charles
It is not an understatement at all when I say that last several weeks have been a whirlwind for Margaret and myself. Between scheduled and unscheduled trips we have flown across the Atlantic Ocean a total of six times. It was good to gather with family to celebrate my Mum’s life, and it was valuable to have time to begin to work through some of the things that have to be worked through after the loss of a loved one, but honestly, this time last week Margaret and I were more than ready to return to our American home and begin to find some semblance of rhythm in our lives again.
Getting back into my weekly routine this week has been good. It was good to be in worship on Sunday, and to hold staff meeting on Monday, it was good to write a sermon on Tuesday that will preach on Sunday, it was also good to attend the Finance Meeting on Tuesday night (I’m not even kidding about that!), it was good to meet with my Wednesday morning class and the Thursday morning Lunch and learn group. And in the middle of all that it was good to make phone calls and visits to check in with some of our people.
Beating steadily behind of all of this – the travel, the grief, the re-entry to a more normal routine – has been the words of Scripture I shared with you a few weeks back (and that I will preach on this Sunday) from Lamentations 3 – “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” I have said or sung these words to myself frequently and have found them to be sustaining food for the days I am in. I hope the good news of God’s ceaseless steadfast love and mercy is sustaining for you too.