This month, Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Gregg, senior pastor at Destiny of Faith Church, shares her message of inspiration for Pittsburgh’s Northside community.
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These are complicated and traumatic times not only for our own families, but also for our neighbors and friends. These are challenging times for the entire world, and things seem to be changing so fast, yet slower than we desire. We ask ourselves, when will this all be over? When will we be able to trust that it is safe for us to return to our usual responsibilities? There is so much that still needs to be done. And yet, when we think about it, there have always been enormous needs all over our world. Many of us have hardly noticed them before now, nor have we felt the least bit moved toward getting involved because these needs were someone else’s problem to take care of.
The COVID-19 problem has created one of the most challenging times most of us can remember. This challenge has brought us together across economic, racial, and religious divides; we are more alike than different. We have stepped up to help and to care for each other in such remarkable ways. We are resilient, and we are seeing just how strong we really are.
The love of God is being seen and shared. We are answering the call to help, we are aiding, we are serving others rather than panicking or hiding in fear. We are sharing our time, our resources, and are serving those who are most vulnerable. We are making sure that people have food to eat and a warm bed to sleep in. We are taking care of our sick and seeing after those who are shut in and alone.
No matter how frustrating, confusing, or scary this time may be, we are determined not to let fear have the final say. 1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” Our hope is built on the perfect love of Jesus Christ and we have been called to share that love with the world.
It is wonderful to be a part of a neighborhood that cares. We do not have all the answers to this pandemic, but we are striving together to leave no person behind. Our scientists search for cures and we pray for wisdom that only comes from the Lord. We have never been so connected to one another. Please, do not get weary in doing good deeds. Whatever you do and whatever help you give, it is all good!
I thank God for being able to witness this unique season when men and women of all races, colors, nationalities, and creeds work to strengthen each other and who open doors to share God’s love.
Lastly, I want to share with you that there are hundreds of pastors of all faiths along with their church congregations and lay and clergy persons who are praying 24 hours a day over our city. Together we are “Saturating the City of Pittsburgh with Prayer.” Be encouraged and know that pastors, ministers, and faith caring individuals are lifting the concerns and needs of us all. Our prayers are not loud and boisterous, and we are not on display on our city steps. Our church doors have been physically shut for months. However, we are not ceasing to boldly raise our voices unto the Lord, from whence cometh our help, our help comes from the Lord.
I cannot tell you how long this will last, but there is one thing that I do know and that is: This season shall pass! Troubles don’t last always!
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13 NIV) God, give us a hope that is unshakable!
Please continue to follow the CDC Guidelines to keep you and your family and neighbors safe.
Rev. Dr. Brenda J. Gregg
Destiny of Faith