Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.

She just needed to talk. And, boy oh boy, did she talk.

For more than 45 minutes I stood on the street corner and talked to an elderly woman that I did not know.

Here’s the story…I went for a brisk walk a few days ago. I needed to get out of the house (can I get an Amen?!?).

I kept all the appropriate “social distancing” as I walked my way around our strangely vacant downtown streets. I had a coffee in hand, which is what caught her eye. The woman walked past me then quickly turned and asked which coffee shop was still open and serving espresso. I told her, then pivoted to keep on walking, but she struck up a conversation. We stood six feet apart, give or take 4-5 feet. I kept backing up and she kept moving closer. So, I settled in for the next 45 minutes as she talked, seemingly without coming up for air.

She just needed to talk. Single. Low income. Elderly. And scared.

I listened. Spoke words (only a few) of comfort. She was open to hearing about Jesus, and claimed to know God. But again, she was scared, worried, fearful and confused.

Psalm 34:18 tells us “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

He was close to her.

And He is close to YOU as well.

Perhaps you’re brokenhearted today. Maybe you’ve been laid off, cooped up, or emotionally frazzled. Perhaps your business is shut down and you’re not sure how to make ends meet. Some of you may be a first responder, doctor, nurse or other health professional, and you’re tired and/or fearful of the spread of COVID-19, and it’s impact upon you personally.

God is close to YOU.

And on behalf of your church, as your pastor, let me say:  We love you, and we are here for you.

If you are now, or find yourself in the coming days or weeks brokenhearted or crushed in spirit, then we are praying for you. Allow me to that even right now…

Dear Jesus, I pray for those in our church family and larger community, especially those that are serving the public during this crisis. If they are struggling, I ask for grace and mercy to surround them right where they are. Be with them in their homes, be with them wherever they may be right now. Be close to them, in Jesus name.

Amen. Let’s keep walking, together!

Grace & Peace to you,

Pastor John