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Pastor’s Desk: Hope

Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 2:24 pm

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg, Centralia United Methodist Church

Let’s talk about the elephant in our lives. It’s not a new subject for sure. We’ve been hearing daily updates about what to do and what not to do for the past weeks

Some of us are more able to comply than others, especially those in front-line jobs like health care and first responders. They are the ones putting their lives on the line for the rest of us. Then there are others. The service providers, the food suppliers, the grocery staff – all on the front line.

To all of you, whether mentioned or not, who are out there working to make our lives safer, thank you for your

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg

Pastor Bill Schnackenberg


Now, back to the elephant. I remember hearing the story of the seven blind men trying to describe an elephant. Each had a different perspective. So that’s what I’m going to do. Even though I may be blind to some things, I do have a perspective on this novel coronavirus pandemic.

I have heard, not often, that God caused this to happen. I don’t believe that. Nor do I think it was deliberately caused by anyone or anything. Sometimes things happen that create big problems for the rest of us. I don’t need to understand. I don’t need to find blame. Blame does no one any good at all. If blaming someone or something would make all this pandemic go away, that might be a different story. But it doesn’t. So I’m not going to waste my time looking.

I DO need to find ways to creatively and safely make the situation work for my family and myself. One of the first places I go to find those ways is scripture. The one that seems to fit my situation right now is Psalm 130. “Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!” The Psalm goes on to remind us that whatever mistakes we have made in trying to deal with our situation, the Lord forgives. And through God’s steadfast love, redeems us!

For the complete article, see next week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.