For the last couple of days I’ve been prayerfully pondering what to share with you this week. There are a myriad of directions we could go, but I felt such a quietening of the Holy Spirit …like a hush to my soul.

I think the Lord is sharing that many of us are still processing the shock and ever changing directives as to how we live life since Covid-19 virus started. And be assured that that is ok. We all adjust at different speeds to disruptions, especially to something that has had worldwide impact and is a threat to people’s lives.  A natural response is to operate on auto pilot in looking at different ways of doing church and pastoring, etc. Just make sure that in looking to meet the needs of others, you don’t neglect your own. Carve out some still quiet moments with God to contemplate and pray.

Over the last few years ESPS. Ministries have sought to bring you encouragement and spiritual support. This is not changing. Some people are already talking about the new ways we may do church when all this is over. These are good conversations to be had, but I’m not sure we are quite there yet. I think as ‘shepherds’, many need time to grieve the sudden loss of congregational contact and all that it entails. We pray for you all in the transition to this ‘new normal’. May God give you grace for the ‘immediate family only’ funerals you have to conduct, the distant pastoral support, the spiritual comfort for the sick and dying that you cannot visit, etc. God knows.

As the days and weeks go by we will certainly grow in peace and perspective and start to be confident and creative in new ways of doing church and being the church. For now, at the end of this first week of widespread self-isolation and social distancing, know that God has got you, and your family, your congregation, your community, and our world.

The beautiful psalm 91 has been posted everywhere since this pandemic started, and rightly so. Keep reading it and praying it in these days and especially in your quiet place.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say  of the LORD , “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”(
Psalm 91v1-2)

**Please check our website (www.espsministries.org) at the start of next week for the new ways of encouragement and support we are putting in place for you. **

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