We’ve just moved our worship online and are looking for new ways to be God’s church, keeping safe and healthy physical distance while we maintain social connection and engagement.
It is vital in this time of uncertainty, concern, worry and fear that we continue our work of being God’s church in a world in need of God’s peace. As Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said during today’s Federal Coronavirus Task Force Press Conference, “What is important is to provide hope, but not to provide false hope.”
We as God’s people have hope like no one else can. My prayer for each of you echoes that of Paul in his letter to the Romans, “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).
Although we are living in uncharted territory, with things changing fast, we can share God’s true hope with each other, with our families, friends and co-workers and with those we meet. Concerning contact, realize that “social distancing” doesn’t mean “social disengagement.”
Instead, think of this as “physical distancing,” while intentionally looking for ways to continue to engage socially. God created us to relate with each other and we can continue to do this even while not meeting in person. Call someone, text them, pull out pen and paper or cards and send someone a note.
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