Rev. William Stell
William Stell graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in May 2016 and began serving as our pastor two months later. Before studying at Princeton, he lived and worked in the country of Jordan at a school for Deaf and Deaf-Blind children. Although his familial roots are Presbyterian, William was raised in a black Baptist church, and he has spent significant time in Methodist, Catholic, non-denominational, and other church traditions. We are grateful for the enthusiastic spirit and visionary leadership that he brings to our congregation!
Click on this link to read the article published in the September 2017 publication of the Bordentown Current
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning,
More than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with God is great power to redeem.
This can be a hard month.
In C.S. Lewis’s fantasy novel, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the wicked queen’s curse on the land of Narnia is winter without Christmas—and that’s what February is. The holiday cheer is gone, but the cold, the dark, and the general gloom remain. Earth and sky alike often look lifeless, and sometimes that sense of lifelessness seeps into our skin. Sure, there’s Valentine’s Day halfway through the month, but for those of us who don’t have a romantic partner (or who feel lonely and unsupported even with our romantic partner), the gloom isn’t lifted in the slightest. It may even get worse.
The psalmists were not strangers to gloom. They knew what it’s like to be down. When they were, they didn’t ignore it, sugar-coat it, or “just push through” it; instead, they named it—to God, others, and themselves. They acknowledged their concerns and struggles. They sought guidance from God. Then, they waited.
For what? For God to show up.
And God did. Not always in the way they expected. Not always with sudden cheerfulness or bright rays of sunshine. But so long as they kept their eyes on the horizon, they would see, eventually, at least a sliver of light—enough to sustain their hope that the dawn is coming.
In the meantime, we don’t have to be down or to wait alone. We can keep watch together. We can let our hope be nourished and our spirits be uplifted by each other. We can remind one another and ourselves, as often as we need it, that with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with God is great power to redeem.
Spring is on its way, friends. New life will shower down and sprout up. Love will take root and spread. It already has. Watch for the morning with me.
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