Today Pastor Kayla offers a reading from a lament psalm, Psalm 13. Is it ok to express our feelings to God about our situations? Can we ask "How long O Lord?" We move forward in hope knowing our connection with God is strengthened when we are able to be fully present with all of our emotions before God. God will not abandon us. God already knows our hurts and our pains, so there is no need to hide before our Creator. In fact, our relationship might be able to be lived in more holistically by embracing our fully human emotions and offering them to God as a prayer of lament, a prayer of pain and suffering.
Pastor Sari is taking a much deserved break this week so while she gets her rest Pastor Kayla has agreed to provide today's devotion. We know you will be gracious in welcoming her back.
Of today's devotion she writes:
A little camp throwback - Fruit of the Spirit, macarena style today! Today's devotional includes a reminder from Paul on the ways which we can live - of the Spirit or in a selfish nature. Take a closer look at Galatians 5:16-26 with me! As you draw near to God in this time of social distancing, may you live into the Fruit of the Spirit and share them with one another!
Today we are very excited to share that we have a special guest presenter for today, Kayla Roosa. Not only that, but each Sunday we are going to feature a different guest devotion, further reaching into our Extraordinary Connection in Michigan.
Take a look below to learn a little more about Kayla and view her words of encouragement.
One thing I've missed most:
Generally speaking, I am an extrovert and I LOVE handshakes and hugs on Sunday mornings. I went to Israel on March 1st, returned the 12th and began isolation. It's been a long time without being able to give handshakes and hugs to the church I serve! I also miss eating out - I LOVE FOOD!
I am currently serving in my first full time appointment at Freeland UMC located in the Central Bay District, where I was appointed in July 2017. Prior to that appointment, I was appointed to Poseyville United Methodist Church just down the road from Freeland UMC half time while I completed my M-Div from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. In my spare time I enjoy outdoor activities - biking, camping, kayaking, hammocking and hiking. I've enjoyed taking advantage of the nicer weather during this social distancing on my bike to do driveway visits with parishioners who live in my neighborhood. As a pastor, I am passionate about creating opportunities for people all ages and abilities to connect with our loving God.