Hello Trinity Family,
As we approach Reformation Day, I can’t help but compare this year’s holiday season to years past. Over the next ten weeks we will celebrate Reformation, All Saints’, Thanksgiving, Christmas, all during a call process and national political events! But this year, these services will be coordinated over Zoom meetings and look very different from years prior. Today’s hymn “Great is Thy Faithfulness” arranged by Larry Shackley centers us back to God’s unchanging love and steadfastness during this time. It reminds me of my gratitude for the people who have stayed in my life for many years, throughout changing careers and all of life’s circumstances. One musical friend of mine, composer and guitarist Johnny Clifford, recently shared a framed poem with me written by his uncle, Charles Bourquin. This poem will be my personal hymn of steadfastness as the weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and our staff prepares for the upcoming church holidays.
The link to the video is HERE.
Courage! What if the snows are deep,
And what if the hills are long and steep,
And the days are short, and the nights are long
And the good are weak and the bad are strong?
Courage! The snow is a field for play,
And the longest hill has a well worn way.
There are songs that shorten the longest night,
There’s a day when wrong shall be ruled by right.
So Courage! Courage! ‘Tis not far
From a plodded path to a shining star!