Blog from Kristy Engel….


Ephesians 3:20 “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine…”

These last few months have been a challenge, there’s no doubt about it. Most people are now entering a time of stepping outside their homes and slowly, but surely, trying to return to some kind of “normal” life. Families are slowly reuniting, friends are meeting outside for coffee or meals, circles are gradually encompassing others. And yet…there are still lots of Zoom calls and online meetings. People are still frustrated, angry and grieving the losses caused by the pandemic. Mitigation of this disease is constantly changing as waves of new infections are attacking areas previously without large infections.
This is not new news for any of you. You are all living through this.

And yet…

What are you doing to re-imagine the state we are in?

Are you resigning yourself to what seems like the “inevitable?”

Have you forgotten the POWER at work within us to accomplish ABUNDANTLY more?

I am not ignoring how difficult this has been for many. What I’m suggesting is that we simply have not (for the most part) tried to access the great imagination of God. Or maybe a better way to say this is that we have not looked at the positive possibilities that exist around us, in spite of all of the changes to our lives.

This is what I see:

Greater connections around the world and in our own communities because we aren’t limited by being in the physical presence of each other.

Seeking to learn; a new language, skill, music or art…searching out information to better utilize electronics or systems (just imagine all you’ve learned about online connections!)…learning to sew a mask!…or maybe you’ve just increased your skills in cooking from home.

Recognition that your behavior affects others and therefore considering others more during this time.

Accepting a new paradigm that stretches how comfortable we are…and in that stretching, building new muscles and flexibility.

Simply, opportunities.

Yes, opportunities. We are living in a time that is asking us to look beyond the inconvenience we live and see what God might have in store for us.
How do we serve others when we can’t see them or physically be present with them? I believe there are several ways:

We can increase our financial support so that workers within organizations we support have the ability to serve more people.
We can send food donations to organizations through delivery services.
We can pray and ask God to illuminate us regarding how we can further help.
We can learn about the needs or issues surrounding us from legitimate sources.
We can ask questions from those who may be serving during this time.
We can find new organizations who are working to serve in the most marginalized areas and learn about how to support their work.
We can remain faithful and hopeful.
We can take this time to rebuild relationships we may have let go over the years.
We can seek reconciliation with those with whom we may have had poor relationships because we are learning how fragile life is these days.
We can build skill sets that allow us to have new skills that can be used to serve in the future.
We can reach out, through approved ways, to those who may be suffering, depressed or frustrated. Letting people know they are not alone can be one of the greatest ways to help support people during this time.

I am excited about the possibilities that exist. I know it’s not easy and I know that it will require all of us to step outside of our comfort zones, but I also know we have the power of God through us to make these changes.