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Surrounded by Unknowns

    Celeste Kennel-Shank, ACP Board Member 2018

    Celeste Kennel-Shank, ACP Board Member 2018As journalists and communications professionals, we deal in information. We like to know about what’s happening and share what we learn. We have spent our careers honing our abilities to do that.

    That makes it especially difficult right now to be surrounded by unknowns. 

    When hearing the 23rd Psalm read in a worship service early on in this time of pandemic, I was struck that verse 4 can be translated as “Though I walk through deepest darkness, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and your staff, they guide me.” I picture walking through a place of blank darkness, with only enough light to see the ground before my feet. I can take only one step at a time, yet I trust I’ll have the illumination I need to put one foot in front of the other. God’s guidance can release us, if only for a few moments, from anxieties about what we do not know.

    Amid all of the speculation about possibilities for the coming months, I pray we will each be grounded in the trusted source that gives us illumination to keep moving forward one step at a time. 

    Celeste Kennel-Shank, vice-president
    Associated Church Press