The uncertainties loom greater each day because of the coronavirus pandemic that has affected every single American and much of the world. Common to us are natural disasters, but they are always pinpointed to a specific locale. Other than our older generation, most of us have not faced a crisis that has implications across the entire nation. We are all in this together. As believers our outlook can make a difference as we maintain a positive outlook of hope in our community.
The Psalmist said, I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living – Ps. 27:13. His statement is of great faith amidst personal uncertainty and hardships. He knows God’s goodness is forthcoming. He does not know when, but he does believe that he will see it. Therefore, he is strong, he has hope, he knows God is in control. May we also have the same resolve of the psalmist; our hope is in the LORD! Throughout this outbreak, God’s goodness is everywhere if we would be honest. We need not look long to see it. He has not failed to shower us with His blessings.
As proactive measures continue to be implemented by Gov. Lamont, including the recent executive order closing all non-essential businesses on Monday, March 23, we realize that this Sunday will be the last time we will be able to gather collectively for at least two weeks. Therefore, tomorrow we will have our regular Sunday services at 10:30am and 6:00pm. We will not have Sunday School at 9:30am. We will be meeting at 10:00am for prayer. For those who wish to stay home, please join us for both services through Facebook Live on our page Lighthouse Baptist Church. Though we will not be gathering Wednesday for the 7:00pm service, we will conduct our mid-week service also through Facebook Live.
Looking forward to our worship tomorrow. Our mornings message is entitled “Were It Not for God.” Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance – Psalm 33:12.
Pastor Gil Tartaglino