Grief and Joy at the Same Time…

The power of the future lies not in the hands of those who believe in scarcity but of those who trust God’s abundance. Walter Brueggemann

Meditation: Our German church suffered three major losses recently. Three of our engaged and faithful council members had to move away, some with their spouses and children. These were nine wonderful people leaving our church all at about the same time. Their absence is very much felt. We are grieving. Early this year our Church Council had the vision of reaching out to the German community and invite Catholic German speaking families. We wanted to offer them a spiritual home and help prepare their 7-9 year old children to first receive communion classes and then also the sacrament of first communion. This seems possibly like a strange vision for a female Protestant pastor and a German Diaspora Congregation to have. However, we walked forward in faith, not staring at our perceived scarcity, but looking at God’s possibilities and abundance. And somehow everything fell into place! Initially we only had two very motivated Catholic families. However, today we have five Catholic families and seven children all together! Also, a young ecumenically minded Catholic priest in Germany has agreed to fly over in May of next year to perform the sacraments of confession and first communion with and for us. What an abundance!

Prayer: God, in the midst of our grief of losing beloved sisters and brothers, You so abundantly bless us with a group of eighteen Catholic sisters and brothers who are accepting our invitation to join us! We are sad and happy at the same time. Help us to grieve while also open our arms and hearts wide for those incoming young families and their children. You are an amazing God who comforts and sustains Your people and Your Church. And we are grateful. Amen

And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2. Corinthians 9:8