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Trust in God, we will overcome

Will Shewey • May 28, 2020 at 11:00 AM

Editor’s Note: With so many churches in our area having to suspend worship services during the coronavirus pandemic, we are asking local pastors to partner with us in bringing a daily message of hope and comfort to readers during this difficult time.

There is an old adage that says, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” We now find ourselves nearly three months into a global pandemic, and there still seems to be no shortage of questions and opinions about what to do or whom to blame. It seems every time we discover any type of solution, somebody changes the questions. Apparently, human nature has basically not evolved through millennia.

We read stories of early humankind as recorded in ancient manuscripts. Archaeologists find traces of messages etched on damp stone walls of abandoned caves. If carefully studied and understood, I imagine all those before us yearned for answers to life’s most challenging questions.

You and I live in one of the most exciting eras known to civilization. We have social media, email, radio, news, papers, television and Zoom. All these are means of helping stay connected to one another. Don’t neglect reading of scriptures. It is there we can identify with many ordinary people who accomplished great works through great faith as they began life outside their comfort zones.

We are now in the liturgical season of Pentecost. As followers of Jesus, may you and I wait upon the promise of the Father to pour out the Holy Spirit upon all the world. Jesus promised that the Spirit will be our counsellor and source of comfort. It is through this the answers will be given. Trust in God, we will overcome someday.

Will Shewey is pastor at Shades of Grace, a United Methodist congregation, in Kingsport.

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