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Rooted in Love

Pastor Michelle Vallier 

Cedar Springs UMC

140 S. Main St, Cedar Springs

It has been chaotic time, and after a short break this the summer, we are facing higher Covid numbers, and all the angst that brings. It is easy to give into feelings of fear about Covid-19, and the Delta variant. It is easy to lash out in anger at the thought of masks and more life restrictions. It is easy to despair as friends and family once again face deep disagreements over these things. It is hard to build community in such a time. 

“Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” (Psalm 130, NRSV). For thousands of years, people have been crying out to God for help, for rescue, for ease from suffering. It is good to cry out, and to know we’re not alone in doing so! When we open ourselves in that prayer of lament, we connect more deeply with our creator. We set aside the surface anxiety and petty disagreements of our lives here on earth and begin to see a bigger picture. 

I find hope in the prayer of Paul, as he wrote to the people of Ephesus while he was in prison: “I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, [God] may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit,and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:16-19, NRSV).

As roots reach out to find the edges of a planter, continually seeking water and nutrients, we are called to root down in the love of God, which is never-ending! I pray that the people of this community will know that God hears our prayers. I pray that the Holy Spirit will be with us through this time of uncertainty and frustration. I pray that we will come through all of this more deeply rooted in love. Blessings to all of you!

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