It’s Sunday and I’m sitting at home, not in a pew. Feels odd. For me, Sunday and church go together like bacon and eggs, which actually show up every Sunday at our church, during adult Sunday School’s Bible and Breakfast. Church’s suspended to slow the spread of the virus by social distancing, which isn’t easy. But then, when was doing what’s right ever easy?
While we temporarily distance ourselves from others to protect the herd, we need to remember this is for now not for always. People can die from loneliness, feeling isolated, detached. We need to belong and be loved. Long before we hid from the Coronavirus, we began distancing ourselves from people with whom we disagreed. We shoved back our chairs and left the table in a huff or a sulk. Too often, we gave up on listening and finding common ground for the common good.
Now, we’re in this together, fighting a virus that doesn’t care about politics, gender, ethnicity, religion, economic status, sexual identification or race. Could a global pandemic bring us together to fight hatred and greed, destroyers of more than our bodies?
On this Sunday, when many churches, synagogues and mosques are shuttered and today’s declared a national day of prayer, lets join heart to heart, since we can’t join hand to hand, and pray for each other, for those we disagree with and not be so selfishly distancing as to end with “and God bless America.” God bless the rest of the world, too. We need to remember,”For God so loved the WORLD “along with how and why God still does.(John 3:16-17)
This pandemic’s global and God’s command to “love our neighbors as we love ourselves” crosses borders and oceans.
Our world needs infusions of hope and love.
Lets pray both are contagious.
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