It is ironic that the year in which we currently live, 2020, bears the same title as the phrase an ophthalmologist uses to describe perfect vision, 20-20. Yet for most people, life has never felt more blurry and unclear. Increasing numbers of people feel as if one trauma after another has intruded upon their comfort. It began with Covid-19 but has continued with everything from violent riots, wildfires, political flashpoints, and now hurricane season.
Our word, “intrude” is from the Latin, trudere, which describes the unwanted thrust of a knife. Even before the events of these past months, we have all experienced the unwanted pokes of pain that life can sometimes deliver. But what if we, as believers, viewed these kinds of intrusions as mission fields on which to practice our faith in God? Is not our trust in God and His Word intended to be the corrective glasses through which we view the perspective of both the joys and intruding challenges of life?
Twice in the short 56th Psalm, David repeats these words: “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?”
As Christians, our personal trust in God is forged upon the greatest and most needed intrusion in history, described in one of my favorite quotes from author, Peter Larson: “Despite our efforts to keep Him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: a virgin’s womb and an empty tomb. Jesus entered our world through a door marked ‘No Entrance’ and left through a door marked ‘No Exit.'”
Surely we can trust the gracious salvation intrusion of our Savior as we daily deal with life’s intrusions. Let’s look for ways to take another step toward trusting in God during this next week.
Pastor Perry Kallis
Guidelines for participants when Re-opening GracePoint Worship Services
In the spirit of showing care for each other, yet wanting to have a comfortable and meaningful worship experience, please consider these guidelines as we gather:
- Bring your own chairs, blankets, and shade. Dress informally. Consider bringing a hat and sunglasses. Chairs and some shade will be provided for those who are unable to bring them.
- Maintain 6 feet of physical distance between your family and other families.
- Families with children will worship together. Bring activities for your kids. There will be no children’s programming.
- Greet friends with a smile or wave. Refrain from shaking hands or embracing each other.
Masks are encouraged but are not required. Bring your own if you have one.
- Use the restroom immediately before leaving home. Restrooms are open if absolutely needed.
- Bring your own beverages and snacks. Water bottles will be available.
- Please stay home if you have been in contact recently with a COVID-positive individual or you do not feel well. Access the service online.