Then the first line of last Sunday's text stopped me in my tracks. It's Jesus' response to his cousin being beheaded by Herod. (Matthew 14:13) He withdrew.
Withdraw. It describes my deep desire last week.
And then I read on. Jesus takes all that nothing and heals and feeds and calms a storm, restoring life and creating community. Sometimes our tough days and moments of nothing are simply the canvas for God's creation of life and abundance.
And I smile at my grandson James Tadashi on FaceTime and remember to trust that God's hands are good hands. Peace, Pastor Mark