As a response to the spread of CO-VID19 virus health officials have encouraged us to keep our distance, which means to avoid intimacy or close contact. Yet, distancing from one another seems contrary to the sense of community. Particularly a community like ours, centered on being connected in Christ.   So in this time of keeping people at “arm’s length” we need a way for the Spirit to keep us connected.  We may not be able to gather for a bit but we can offer you the opportunity to gather in Spirit with the sisters and brothers of Pine Shores for an evening reading, reflection and prayer.

Beginning today, until we are once again able to gather as a community, we will email an evening scripture reading with questions to reflect upon and a prayer.

Tonight’s reading is Romans 5:1-5:

 1Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access] to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

 

Questions:

What does it mean to endure?

What character traits are you embodying in these uncertain days?

When you hear the words “and hope does not disappoint us” what do you think about?

 

Prayer:

Holy God, source of all that is good, you have led us through this day and all our days. You have poured your love into our hearts.  Grant me and all your beloved a peaceful evening and when the morning comes let the light of hope shine in us. Amen