Knows Us By Name

Hello Baysiders,

Hope all is well in your souls!

What happens after the tomb from Easter? Resurrection. Thats what happens. This is our confidence for today as we face Covid-19 in our world. As much of our adjustments, rescheduling, and acceptance of this pandemic, we as Christians have a hope that does not disappoint. We remain hopeful and faithful to the commitments God has given us, we go and meet Jesus in Galilee; more work needs to be done in our world and personal lives.

Easter reminds us we are loved by God profoundly, unconditionally, and individually. I love to run at night for exercise and as I do I look up at the stars and see the huge array of stars in the dark background, and if I am lucky, I see a shooting star. I am floored at God’s beauty at night seeing all of those twinkling specks of light fill the canopy above me; it makes feel so small. It’s amazing to me that the same God who sprinkled them in the sky loves me and loves each of his children the same way. The Bible says God named all the stars, Isaiah 40:26, “Lift up your eyes on high,​​and see who has created these things,​​ who brings out their host by number;​​ He calls them all by name,​​ by the greatness of His might​​ and the strength of His power;​​ not one is missing.” The stars are innumerable to the naked eye yet God knows each one personally. God’s love for you is unfathomable and unchanging, Saint Augustine once said, “God loves each one of us as if there were only one of us.” As God knows each star by name so he knows each of us profoundly, unconditionally, and individually. God never changes and His character is the same today as it was yesterday and will be in the future. God’s care for us can be noticed all throughout our day; from the moment we open our eyes in the morning, he showers us with his love, until the time we lay our heads on our soft pillows, under the star lit night, he comforts us. Sometimes, we get so caught up in day to day living that we don’t even notice his blessings. God’s blessings in your day are as numerous as the stars at night—incalculable. If you just look for them you will find them; they are all around you. Let’s have faith to believe in God’s star like love for us.

Mark your calendar for May 1st as we will be having our Bible and Bread night at 7pm. This will be on Webex and for the purpose of fellowship and education. This session will consist of coming together with food, drink and our Bibles to discuss theology, apologetics and the hard questions of the Bible. May 10th is Mother’s Day and there will be a special sermon on this occasion to bless the mothers and all of us who came from a mother; make sure to send the YouTube link to your family and friends. And on May 22nd we will be having a Prayer Night at 7pm. You can always tithe through the church’s Venmo app, mail it in or I can pick it up for you.

Remain strong Baysiders and stay connected with the weekly and monthly activities from the church. As always, if you have any questions or needs, please reach out to me.

Grace and peace ;^)

Pastor Aaron