through pounding waves, the God who summons horses and chariots and
armies – they lie down and then can’t get up; they’re snuffed out like so many candles.
“Forget about what’s happened, don’t keep going over old history. Be alert, be present. I’m
about to do something brand new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
There it is! I’m making a road through the desert, rivers in the badlands.
Wild animals will say, ‘Thank you!’ – the coyotes and the buzzards –
Because I provided water in the desert, rivers through the sunbaked earth,
Drinking water for the people I chose, the people I made especially for myself,
a people custom-made to praise me.”” Isaiah 43:19-21 The Message
I encourage you to begin praying now, if you aren't already, for God's Will to be made evident in the lives of our Faith Family. Pray for clarity for all and also for a willingness for each of us to open eyes, ears and minds to the current and future needs of our Faith Family. In the midst of that, please pray over this scripture from Isaiah. Perhaps it sounds something like...
You know our fears and excitement when you proclaim that there is a new thing in the air;
Perhaps something similar, yet different or something we have not yet
Conceived that you would call us to, both individually and as a Faith Family.
Love us through our questions, our excitement, and our disappointments. Bring us with you
Into Your preferred future for Oakland United Methodist Church.
In your strength-filled and holy name we pray. Amen.”