IT’S TIME TO LOVE
COVID-19 has thrown our country and province into turmoil. Store shelves are empty of certain products. Regularly scheduled meetings are being cancelled in droves. Vulnerable people are fearful of going out of doors lest they catch the virus. Every runny nose is suspect.
It is reasonable to take proper precautions, but at a time like this it is very easy to become completely absorbed with our challenges and fears. I want to encourage us all to avoid the gravitational pull of the self-focused life and choose love instead.
The people closest to you need you. Your brothers and sisters in Christ need you. The larger community needs you. Self-preoccupation will smother our spirits. Love will come as a fresh wind into our lives.
Right now my thoughts are especially focused on the church. When challenges face us, we as a church need to pull together and care for one another.
Jesus died to make us a family, so let’s look out for our brothers and sisters in Christ. We will need people to step up for those who are suddenly hit with material and physical needs. Who are the loneliest in our church community— how can you reach out to them, if only by phone or online? If you can’t meet with your small group in person, how can you stay connected? Consider who might be lonely at Easter? How can you care for them?
I believe we are going to emerge from this crisis stronger not weaker. That will happen as we pray for one another and actively love the other members of the community. --Pastor Tom
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