Encouragement in Dark Times

When times are hard, it is easy to lose perspective.  It’s kind of like when you have a bad cold.  You can only ever remember feeling bad.  You can’t remember what it’s like to feel good, and you wonder if you will ever feel better again.

We find ourselves in what feels like a big, bad cold of six months.  Due to the pandemic, we wonder if we will ever be able to get together with our friends, or to join as brothers and sisters together in church.  Will we ever be able to meet at sporting events, music concerts, or even restaurants?  We feel as if some form of quarantine has been in existence forever, and we wonder if we will ever be back to normal.  It can be overwhelming and regularly so. 

Thank goodness we have Christ to lean on in times like these.  Christians have learned so much from the study of Jesus’s life and teachings, and we continue to do so as time passes.  “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”.  Whether we look at Matthew when we’re told to view how God adorns nature around us but loves us that much more , or in Luke when we’re told “fear not, because it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom,” or when we are reminded in John when Jesus said, “I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness,” we know we’re not alone.  We know we are loved.  We know there is hope.

Will things change for the better tomorrow?  We can’t say, but we certainly hope so.  When we’re low, can we lean on Christ for strength?  Can we look to the Bible for encouragement?  We can run a Google search on encouraging scriptures and have more to read than we have hours in the day.

I’m encouraged by the Scriptures but also by each and every one of you, brothers and sisters.  You have been so supportive to me, to my family, and to one another.  I’m grateful to be part of this large family of followers that dearly and truly loves God and one another.  Together, we are making it, and together we are continuing to make it. If you feel sad or have lost perspective, please contact the church, a fellow member, a friend or all three.  You are not alone.  There is hope, and you are loved.

-Ercel Carter








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