Franklin United Methodist Church
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Seeking, Sharing, and Serving Christ

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The past couple of months has been challenging to all of us as we deal with the COVID 19 virus. The challenged for the church is how do we continue worshipping during this time.  Technology has allowed us to stream our services on Walnut St. UMC Facebook page and conduct meetings via ZOOM.  Hopefully soon we can get back to worshipping in our churches.

One passage of scripture I have carried with me during this pandemic is Psalm 23.  It saysThe LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever (NIV)” 

Many parts of this Psalm speak to me during this time, but I want to look at just a few.  First, we are reminded that because the Lord is our shepherd, we lack nothing.  These words are very different in the NIV than the KJV.  The KJV says “The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.”  Wanting makes it sound like it is about what we do.  Lacking nothing shows us that God is in control.  Secondly, as the pandemic continues, we may feel like we are walking through the valley of shadow of death.  If you look at these words in Hebrew it reads more like the NIV; death like shadow, deep shadow, valley.  Many things in life can make us feel this way but, the pandemic is making the world feel like they are in the deep dark shadow valley.  However, doesn’t God tell us not to fear because He is with us. Do not let the fear of COVID 19 control your life.  Meditate on these Words an allow them to speak to your heart, because God is with us. 

 

Pastor Mike Loudermilk

email: pastormikeloudermilk@gmail.com