May the Lord, Mighty God

May the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever;
grant you peace, perfect peace,
courage in every endeavor.

Lift up your eyes and see His face,
and His grace forever;
may the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever.

These words are sung at the end of every Refuel gathering we have at church on Wednesday nights- a time that I so deeply miss & grieve in this season.  They are used as a Benediction that we sing to each other as we go forward from our time together.

These words unite us.  They connect us.  Not only to those at Winnetka Covenant Church but countless other people who have sung these same exact words to the same exact tune of “Edelweiss” for years.  I have sung this tune at more church services & weeks of camp that I can remember.

I, personally have looked into the eyes of people that have never probably even heard of Winnetka Covenant Church, and we have held strong to this message.

Likewise, you probably have had these words sung to you by people I have never met, nor ever will meet.

We are rooted together in the history of Saints to people we know nothing of, but we have sung the same words to the same tune, time and time again.  And this is just one song, one that’s not even that old.  Think about how the Holy Scriptures unite us; how the Holy Spirit unites us!

So in this time of shelter in place, where the number of people we see might be less than before.  In this time where we as a church body don’t gather on Wednesday night and sing these words to each other every week.  I hope we all can remember how vast, how large, the Body of Christ is.    And how we are in this together.

May the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever;
grant you peace, perfect peace,
courage in every endeavor.

Lift up your eyes and see His face,
and His grace forever;
may the Lord, mighty God,
bless and keep you forever.

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