From The Pastor’s Desk

Pastor Jen Hoffman Email: pastorjenhoffman@sslcwausau.com

As I write this it is mid-April and I am still out on medical leave. Although
the circumstances behind my leave are not ideal, I am grateful for this time
to heal. Every morning I pick up my devotion book, read a passage, and
then sit quietly with one hand over my heart and one hand outstretched
just listening for what God has to say. It is my uninterrupted time with
God, and I’m cherishing it. So much of life is unpredictable and
changeable. It is always comforting to be reminded that in the middle of it
all God has promised to be our rock, our constant.

This pandemic is lasting longer than any of us thought it would. It has and is challenging our
patience, our resilience, our commitment to love our neighbor and put others’ needs before our
own, and our civility. We truly are like the Israelites wandering in the desert anxious for a
homeland, anxious to put down roots and to get settled. And in the waiting we grumble,
sometimes loudly and sometimes under our breath. We tell God we were better off in Egypt or
at some other church. This is our modern day lament as in the Psalms of old. And it is authentic
to the time we are living through. What we are feeling now is captured beautifully in many of
the Psalms. If you haven’t cracked them open in a while, I encourage you to do that now.
Be reminded that God has carried the lamentation and anger and frustration and fear of God’s
people just as long as God has carried our joy and gratitude and praise.

God is present with us for all that we are feeling, holding space for us to lay these things at
God’s feet.

Author Anne Lamott once wrote, “I do not understand the mystery of grace—only that it meets
us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.” God is here with an abundance of
grace loving us into the future…whatever that may hold. May it sustain us in the coming weeks
as we make decisions based on ever changing and evolving circumstances. May it bolster our
leadership and bring peace to our members. May it bless us on the way as we continue in this
ministry together.

God’s peace,
Pastor Jen