March 7 Message From Your Pastors

God at work…

Many thanks to all of you who cooked, came and served at the African Party this past Saturday. What a celebration! I don’t think I have ever seen so much food in our community hall! We hosted friends and neighbors. Even our son, Ben, brought a friend, his sister and his mom, Gladys. Gladys is a professor at Western New England. Thank you so much for welcoming her! We also were able to host a house church that was started by Pastor Stephen, which was such a blessing to have them there! Not only that, but many from the Burundian community were able to join us as they were wrapping up preparation for a wedding this coming Saturday. What a beautiful thing the Lord is doing. I don’t understand it, but I know it is beautiful and it brings joy to the Lord.

There is a temptation when we don’t understand what the Lord is doing, to not cooperate. We discussed this in a sermon a few weeks ago where we observed that the apostle Peter had trouble allowing Jesus to wash his feet because he didn’t understand it. This Lord is still stirring these principles around within me. We are not promised understanding. In fact, we are promised to be surprised: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined the things that God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Cor. 2:9). And also “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord” (Isa. 55:8).

So much to learn… Lord, show me your way…

With love always,

Pastor Karen

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