Greetings:
 
As we look at the state of our country today, we see a lot of chaos and a nation that is divided. The two worldwide events that appear to be devastating us as a nation are the COVID19 and systemic racism. Leadership is at an all time low. There is social and political unrest, and above all the church is divided. Many people are struggling with their faith and asking where is God, and why is He not doing anything to correct the issues confronting us. In Psalm 13:1-2, David asked the Lord: How long will my enemy be exalted over me. To David, it appeared that God was absent in such troubled times much like today. In verse 5, David rejoices in his confidence of divine deliverance. Like David, we cannot allow ourselves to become discouraged because the Lord said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” As our hearts long to return to the sanctuary and the face-to-face fellowship it affords, may God be pleased to use our virtual platform for our encouragement, and learning to grow even closer to Him. One day this restriction will pass; but until then, let us be grateful for our blessings and trust in our God. Let us continue to trust in the Lord during these times with all our hearts and to know that God will deliver us on time. Let us lay aside our old sinful habits and strive toward holiness and spiritual maturity.