Pastor's Ponderings
Heartland Shared Ministries
2020 Newsletter

Edgar, Nebraska

          ​                                   How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
                      All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings. Psalm 36:7 NRSV

           There are times in our lives when we need to experience comfort.  A comfort surrounding us as only true comfort can.  A comfort that is all welcoming.  A comfort filling us with warmth and reassurance radiating forth from grace, love and forgiveness.  There are times when we long for and need to experience such a comfort. 

          All of these thoughts crossed my mind when I read Psalm 36:7.  What a wonderful, authentic gift we have from a God who loves us!  When we are frightened, God, who is steadfast,  comes and gathers us underneath mighty, warm wings.  God hugs/cuddles us, comforts and reassures us.  When we are confused, frustrated, worried, angry, grief stricken, joy filled, depressed, filled with any emotions that overwhelm us, God gathers us in under mighty wings. God’s steadfast love engulfs us.  It is a special gift that God shares with all of us when we are willing to let go and let God—easier said than done.

           It seems, in my life, I fight those wings!  I feel that I should be able to handle things on my own.  The “business” of life puts up barriers between me and those wings.  Schedules seem to take over our lives.  What society deems important, what we feel is “the only way”, drives us farther and farther away from those wings.  But thanks be to God, God’s steadfast love never fails.  We cannot be separated from God’s love.  God’s love is our constant in the middle of a life that is so inconsistent.

          As we walk our different paths, may the Holy Spirit lead us.  May It lead us to let go and let God.  May It lead us to remember God’s love for us, that was so great, Jesus died for us.  Because of His blood shed on the cross, we are righteous.  May It lead us to live our lives seeking to find comfort in the shadow of God’s mighty, grace filled, loving, wings.
                                                                God’s peace

                                                                Pastor Ethan
 Pastor’s Visits
If you want Pastor Ethan to visit you, please give him a call on his cell phone 1-402-879-5097. In the midst of the Coronavirus, he is cutting back on visitation.  If you call him, he would be happy to come to visit just let him know. 

 Phone Calls
In the midst of the social distancing, let’s not forget to keep in touch with one another. A good way is through the phone.  Let the Spirit lead and if you get that nudge, give that person a call to check to see how they are doing.  We are here for one another.  ​