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God Knows The Heart

These are troubling times. We get conflicting information, and the truth of the matter is that no one really knows what will happen in terms of COVID 19 or the economy. It looks like maybe the state of Illinois acted soon enough-we are not seeing the exponential growth in cases that other parts of the world (and our country) are seeing. Maybe we have “flattened the curve”. But we won’t know for a couple of weeks, probably if we have done enough, soon enough. And the economy-we don’t know if Washington will act in ways that will shore it up, if it will collapse, if we will face another recession or something that rivals the Great Depression. And there doesn’t seem to be anything that we-the folks in Hillsdale and Port Byron and Rapids City-can do about it. We are staying home (and trust that you are also). We put hearts in our window to show support. We sent dinner to the hospital floor where our daughter works to show support. We’ve had take-out meals every time we have to venture out. Oh, yeah-we are not hoarding toilet paper. We are doing our best. But that is surely not enough when the world is facing a pandemic.

The good news is that we have read the Book. We do know that no matter what tribulations come our way, God is with us. God is with us. And God looks at our hearts, not at what we can actually accomplish. The person who stays home and prays. The person who makes phone calls or sends encouraging notes. The person that posts devotional material on social media. The person who suits up and goes to work at a hospital or a grocery store. Each of us is called to do what we can. And then to rest, knowing that God, who knows our hearts perhaps better than even we do, does not care about the outward appearance, nor what we “accomplish”. God cares about the state of each of our hearts.

So keep those hearts tuned toward God. Be faithful in all the ways that you can. And then be sure to express thanks to God. Because even though we are in troubled times, God sees your heart. And God loves you. And there is nothing that you can do to make God love you any more. And nothing that you can do that will make God love you even less.

Please be in prayer for medical personnel; especially nurses. Please be in prayer for our country’s leaders. And please be in prayer for one another as we do church outside the church walls.

Pastor Kathy

1 Sam 16:7

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.

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