April 23

by Megan Alpers-Raschefsky
Read: Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.
He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
The LORD watches over you—the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Dear St. Timothy’s church family,
When this all started, I felt disoriented and helpless. I’m sure many of you did, too.  
It was four days into working from home with a toddler when I realized that perhaps this wasn’t going to be wrapped up within a week or two. That it wasn’t just a blip in our normal lives that we’d quickly forget. People were dying. Nothing was normal.
My mind started racing with big scary questions about the future.
And then I got my “Joke of the Month” call from Teesie Carmack. (Someone will have to fill me in on March’s joke, because I spent most of the time wiping tears off my face.)
That call brought me so much peace and gratitude. I am humbled to see people in our community and around the world taking what could be a helpless situation and turning it upside down—being helpers.
The first two verses of Psalm 121 came to mind. There is no time we’re a better reflection of God’s love than when we’re diving into the mess to help others.
And while I wish I could say that everything changed in that moment and the clouds parted and the past month has been amazing, what I can say is that I am able to see and hear God working through others to send help. Sometimes, that looks like a first responder or grocery delivery driver. Sometimes, it looks like a preschool teacher’s Zoom updates on Franklin, the class pet turtle.
I may not “see” you right now, St. Tim’s church family, but I know you’re there and are so helpful. Creating, editing, and posting worship services. Filling up bags for FISH Food Pantry customers. Getting together remotely as Grow Groups and youth groups to check in and pray for one another and our world. Calling overwhelmed moms to tell them a joke.
Thank you for receiving God’s help and love, and passing it on to others. Here is my prayer for us:
Gracious and generous God, I am so grateful for the community of faith You have given us. I pray that You continue to bring help to those who need it, and continue to work through Your people, Your helpers here on Earth. Please keep us safe and healthy as we look forward to the day when we can gather in-person to worship together again. Amen.

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