September 10, 2021
We have learned a lot about how to adapt to the pandemic. We've gone through some immeasurably difficult times because COVID-19 has changed everything, including how we relate to friends, family, and loved ones. The stress of the pandemic has shown our resiliency and how important it is to do the basic things in life well and not get too caught up in all the distractions. For many of us, this pandemic has taught us that we are stronger than we might think. It has taught us we have an incredible capacity to adapt to our evolving situation, even if it brings a lot of stress. These unusual, stressful, and painful times have taught us that, while we may not be able to socialize with as many people as we did previously, the quality of social interactions matters.
During these uncertain and challenging times, people of faith must pause to reflect, pray, and find hope. Today, it is our turn to come to a renewed moment of faith. We cannot afford to emerge from this pandemic in the same spiritual state. Therefore, we must rekindle our passion for God's written word. If this does not become a priority, we will forfeit an opportunity birthed to become spiritually strong during this pandemic. We must, without reservation, offer forgiveness, restore broken relationships and strengthen family bonds.
Psalm 34:18 reminds us that "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." The anticipation of worse things to come is exhausting and deflating. Adapting to changing circumstances with new ambition is crucial in preventing depression.
Thank you for your continued financial contributions to support the work of the church during this pandemic. Please continue to mail your checks to Payne Chapel A.M.E Church, 2701 Lee St, Houston, Texas 77026, or use Givelify.com on the church website.
Finally, I would like to leave you with this thought for meditation: “The less I pray, the harder it gets. The more I pray the better it gets.” – Martin Luther
Blessings to you,
Pastor Kevin L. Bullock, Sr.