October 22, 2021

But his bow remained taut, and his arms were strengthened by the hands of the Mighty One (El Shaddai) of Jacob, by the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel. Genesis 49:24 (NLT)

Back in the day, Contemporary Christian musician Amy Grant recorded El Shaddai (lyrics by Michael Card and John Thompson). El Shaddai (Hebrew for God Almighty, The Mighty One of Jacob) is one of the names of God found in Genesis 49:24, and Psalm 132:2,5.

The name has stuck with me, in part because I was a huge Amy Grant fan and wore out the cassette tape listening to it repeatedly.

Tuesday evening, our congregation had a first-ever projected hybrid meeting with an outside consultant as part of our visioning process. We had people in-person, socially distanced and masked in our fellowship hall. Others attended virtually from the comfort of home. Our consultant led us via Zoom from Maryland. Our fellowship hall in the basement of our church house, build of cinderblock and has less-than-desirable access to our WIFI system.

We’ve had trouble simply connecting via Zoom from many locations in the building and it took good old ingenuity and more than a little faith to give it a shot. Much gratitude goes to Becky Lytton and her sons Craig and Josh Ordorff for their work to make it happen.

During the technical rehearsal, there was a significant time delay, and so instability of the internet connection. At the end of the rehearsal, I mentioned that we ought to prayer to God who might also be named El WIFI. The Mighty One, through the creativity of humans, the persistence of a few hard workers, and the providence of God, our gathering went off without a hitch.

Thank you, Mighty One, God of all Creation, El WIFI ~ Anne

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