“I hope I can homeschool my children effectively.”
“I hope I can manage working from home and balancing my children’s activities.”
“I hope my family will stay healthy.”
“I hope my company can recover from this shut down.”
“I hope I can handle this new way of life.”
“I hope that I can deal with this uncertainty.”
Remember those men in a boat that were afraid. Jesus gave them peace in that storm. He brought peace to their fears when they truly believed. How about those Israelites who were afraid of the Roman soldiers? They cheered triumphantly as Jesus, their King, entered Jerusalem on that little donkey. Their parade was followed by some very dark days but three days later they joined in a joyful celebration!
With all of the turmoil in these last few weeks, I have decided not to rely on just hope but to truly BELIEVE. I believe that God invites me to enter into His rest. I believe that my strength comes from Him. So now when I reread those sentences of “hope” above and change the word from HOPE to BELIEVE, it gives me more spring to my step. I hope, NO-- I BELEIVE, that our NSUMC families can rock this season of uncertainty!!!
If you need support sharing this week's scripture story with your family here are some links to contribute to your child’s understanding of Palm Sunday. This is a link to Lauren Daigle;s rendition of “We Believe.” It’s another affirmation of believing in God the father. Also, here is a link to our Sunday School Godly Play Lesson about Palm Sunday/Jesus is King. That link will offer a video of the lesson, related crafts and activities to share with your family.
Have a peaceful Palm Sunday and know that we are here for you!