I’m trying to get back in the swing of blogging. But since I never have been good at it, getting back in the swing may look more like a whiffle ball attempt!!! Just know I am trying.
I do not believe any of us thought back in February and early March, that our country would be in the throws of such a major health crisis. Many of us assumed that the conversation about a pandemic was just that, conversation that had little to do with us. But during this time, we have seen lack of concern become worry; worry become fear; fear become confusion; and confusion become manifested anger. Add to this the isolation of masking and the heat of the summer, and you have a toxic mix. And for many of us who have said goodbye to our friends, we struggle to find hope and joy as we look toward the future.
I have always struggled with James 1:2-3: “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.” My reaction is always a question of whether I need this and enough already with this testing. But when I look back over the nearly seven decades of my life it is obvious that some of the “better” or more fulfilling times of my life have been the result of the worst times of my life. I hope I always remember this and can be faithful even through this time. Pray daily for each other, for our families, for our country and world. Together with our faith we WILL see a hope and a future filled with joy. May we persevere.
Crosslink continues to grow our work locally and will post that information on my next blog and social media links. But today I want to inform you of another change here. For the past eight plus years, Mike Farina has served as our Materials and Supply Director. Recently Mike shared with us that he will be retiring from this position at the end of August. Crosslink Memphis would not be as strong and successful as it is without the partnership in mission and ministry Mike has brought to the task. We are saddened that he will not be here on a regular basis, but we are so excited that he will be able to spend his time enjoying retirement. We say thank you to Mike and with him many years of fun filled living!