Welcome to August and the 21st Sunday of Coronatide. It has been a blustery week in Chuckatuck and we’ve had some minor issues with the trees in the graveyard – they don’t want to keep their branches. Thankfully, the “headstone angels” have been busy and there has been no damage to the graves. We have been exploring a return to a semblance of normalcy but the hope has not come to fruition. But, we continue to interact with our community as safely as we can and continue to work with the situation given us. As the new week begins and Tropical Storm Isaias moves closer to the area, please be safe and prepared for the storm.

Somewhat lost in delivery, God is with us on our journey of life – there when we embark and there when we return; all that is demanded of us is an openness to work with God. In worship we were reminded that our life as individuals and lives as a body of believers cannot continue in safety without God’s presence. In the middle of the storms of life God’s presence is the one thing that survives and carries us forward to the future God has planned for us. Our readings brought reminders of the promises God has made throughout time. Paul wrote to the Romans and told them that all called by God, whether Jew or Christian, are called by God. How we respond in faith to God’s call is important. Our gospel today reminds us that Jesus is intimate with humanity, knowing and feeling their pain, and doing all in his power to alleviate their pain. Christ is not bounded by our imaginations. In Genesis, we heard the recounting of the story of Jacob wrestling with God as he returned from the life-changing journey with his wives, concubines, and children. Jacob did not realize his blessing and his intimacy with God until he was intimate with God.

Where do you find God in your present journey? I invite your comments,

Readings: Genesis 32:22-31; Psalm 17:1-7, 16; Romans 9:1-5; Matthew 14:13-21

Video from worship: https://youtu.be/Zg_FmEvpGeo

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