Letter From Rob


January 2020

Dear Friends,
            Happy New Year! Can you believe it is 2020? If you are like me, you probably reflect on 2019 and can think of the many “ups” and “downs” that we experienced, both in our personal lives and in the world. Last year had joyous moments and difficult moments. We had reasons to be hopeful and optimistic and we also had reasons to lament and weep.
            It is in January, in the “bleak mid-winter” that we find ourselves now. Despite the hopefulness of a new year and a new start, this can be a difficult time of year. The holidays are over, the cold has set in, and many of us are missing people we love.
            So, it seems like the right time of year to talk about grief, about loss, and to ask the question “where is God in our suffering?” Job was a man who knew firsthand what it meant to suffer, to experience loss and to question God and why it was all happening. And he also experienced how God came to him in the midst of his suffering and pain.
            It is my hope that as we look at the book of Job in January, we will get a greater sense of who God is and how God is coming to us in the midst of our own difficulties. It is my prayer that we, too, will find hope in middle of the storm and will find a steady rock and refuge in our God.

Praying for God’s blessing and provision for you in this New Year,
Pastor Rob