Kim’s Korner

Last week, driving to church in a dense fog, there were times when I could not see the road or cars ahead of me. The fog was so thick, it was pretty dicey at times! The only way to navigate was to keep track of the white line along the right side of the road. Focusing on that allowed me to stay safe, and continue the journey towards church.

This experience prompted me to ponder how we need guidance and security, not just on foggy days, but in every day moments. We all have times when we wonder where we should go, how to get there, and what to depend on for guidance. And especially when we face loss, transition or grief….we often feel we are trapped in a fog.

In recent months, we lost loved church members through death. We waved good bye to families who re-located to new homes, away from Livermore. And we currently have two loved members under Hospice Care, Ruth Vince and Marci Whittier.

All these changes, transitions, and losses keep us searching for a way to navigate through our grief. Please know you have a caring community, including pastors and Stephen Ministers, who are here to walk alongside you as we adjust to changes in our community.

We are not meant to grieve alone. Feeling loss or grief or sadness does not mean there’s anything wrong with you, it’s simply a time when we search for that white line along the side of the road of life. Feel free to be in touch with Pastor Chelsea ([email protected]) or me ([email protected]); or call us at the church office, 447-1950; or call Sharmyn Crawford, who matches folks with Stephen Ministers (447-1441). A conversation and a prayer… or two or three or four conversations and prayers…….can help.

For me this year, the “white line” guiding me through the transitions and losses in the community are the Psalms. I’ve been reading one, or a portion of one, each day. The Psalms explore the full range of human emotions, and turn our attention to God, our refuge and shield. I liked Psalm 30 so much, that I copied it on a piece of paper and carry it with me. Here are some excerpts to carry with you:
I exalt you, O Lord, for you pulled me up
And you did not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord, I cried out to you, and you healed me…..
To you, O Lord, I called out and to the Lord I made my supplication.
What is the profit in my blood going down to the pit?
Does dust praise you?
Does it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me
Lord, be my helper…..

Blessings on our journey together,
Pastor Kim

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