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Hi Church Family,

Read these words over a few times:

But now, this is what the LORD says-- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.

- Isaiah 43:1-3

It's been a pretty rough week in our world. Floods of biblical proportion in Texas. A super storm headed through the Caribbean. The West is on fire. Thousands of young people who have spent years building their lives and contributing to our country learned they may be facing deportation. Millions of lives facing catastrophe and uncertainty. It's easy to imagine ourselves in any of their shoes: losing much of what we have worked for and held dear. Reminders that even in this day and age, much of life is still beyond our control.

Maybe these reminders aren't all bad.

It's easy, in our modern world, to delude ourselves into thinking that we are in control of our lives. That we can provide for ourselves. That we can manage the dangers and the risks and ensure our own prosperity and security. This perspective works ok for a while. But it isn't true.

Reality is that so much of our existence is outside of our control. We don't choose cancer, or car accidents, or wildfires, or hurricanes, or even to be born.

In the midst of this uncertainty, Isaiah reminds us that God is with us. That we are God's children. Called by name. Loved. That in spite of having to face floods and fires and challenging circumstances beyond our control, God will never leave us. The LORD, Yahweh our very breath, the God of all is indeed our hope, our Savior, our God in whom we trust. Even in catastrophe.

Pastor Dan