March 24, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With all the goings on in this suffering world, in the life of the church it really doesn’t seem
much like Lent! For many of us, our daily routines are more full. With on-sight activities
suddenly cancelled and in-home activities busier than ever, we are stunned. It’s difficult to
grasp. There are so many tasks to attend to now in order to prepare ourselves to meet each
new recommendation. Our desire is to be good citizens and faithful Christians. As followers of
Jesus we continue to shine the light of Christ around us. We strive to stay home as much as
possible, and when we do journey out - we set our minds on loving every neighbor we meet as
we take the necessary precautions to protect ourselves and them. The Old Testament text in
the Moravian Daily Texts for today reminds us to follow the example of the Lord, to be
obedient: “The Lord is just in all of his ways, and kind in all of his doings” (Psalm 145:17).
We are missing our face-to-face faith conversations, the sharing of concerns for our
congregation, and our prayers for and with one another. We need Jesus! We need him to fill us
with his spiritual oil, the oil of wisdom and understanding. I think of a verse in that old song we
used to sing, “Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning. Give me oil in my
lamp, I pray. Give me oil in my lamp, keep me burning, burning, burning. Keep me burning ’til
the break of day.” It just so happens, well, actually it is serendipitous that the doctrinal text in
the Daily Texts for today is from Colossians 1:9, “We have not ceased praying for you and
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and

Prayers, peace, and love to you today and everyday to come…

Judy M. Knopf
Interim Pastor

Bethania Moravian Church

A Lenten Letter

Bethania Moravian Church

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