It sat by the front door all night long – lights shining – all night long. My mother-in-law died a day and a half before Christmas. Most of the things that filled her room, the things needed for a woman who had been completely bedfast for 3 years, had been cleared out. The hospital bed went back to the company that provided it. Many items were donated to people or organizations who could use them. The only thing that remained was the fabulous electric wheelchair the home health company insisted was needed. It sat quietly in the hallway, never used because Kay was afraid of it.
Today I want to share with you this moving message from Elaine Brown, printed in Ministry Matters, because what she writes has something to say to us. Dr. Crawford describes the cry of women in pain as a cry of hope. It is an important word for all of us during this time when our nation and our church is dealing with racism, division and great pain. I invite you to read Isaiah 40:1-11 and then read this impactful article, listening for what God may be saying to you. – Your Sister in Faith – Susan
This is not the Thanksgiving any of us have planned for. We had hoped that the virus would be under control long before now. We dreamed of Thanksgiving meals with the people we love. We longed that by now we would have a bit of normalcy in life. But that is not the Thanksgiving we have. Instead, the Thanksgiving we have includes in Arizona over 277,000 diagnosed with COVID-19, and more than 6300 families will have an empty chair at the table.
Rev. Susan Brims
District Superintendent-East District
Phoenix, AZ 85014
P.O. Box 32830
Phoenix, AZ 85064
Administrative Assistant-East District