First, I hope you had a wonderful Easter, even if it was a stranger Easter than normal.
Second, my suspicion is that some of us are starting to feel the increasing impacts and effects of this season that we’re in. (Covid-19 is continuing to get closer; health care and other essential workers are getting overloaded; others are starting to lose their jobs or have hours cut back; other are realizing that the pace of life is not sustainable; and still others don’t know what to do and are worried…) Please, let’s stay in touch, and let us stay in community. Let us know how we can be helping and serving each other! Let’s share ways we can serve our neighbors and community too!
Third, as these days have turned into weeks, and are now turning into months, I find myself starting to ask a different set of questions.
Now that there’s a little less panic… and a little less shock… and a little less uncertainty, I’m starting to try and figure out:
- How do we use and make the most of this time?
- What should I (and our family) be doing to take advantage of this strange season we’re in?
- Can we be doing anything now to make this time more productive, more enjoyable, more helpful, or more sacred?
(And then, this isn’t just about me and mine, but how would we answer these questions for our church? For our neighborhood? For our community?)
Regardless of how long this time is, or how bad/good things get, it is still time that we’ve been given. And, therefore, we are called to be faithful in it. So how do we do that in a way where we will look back on this time and know that we made a difference?
To spur this thinking on further, I’ve been reading a number of articles that have been making the point that this is NOT something that is without precedent. And, what’s more, there may be an opportunity (and even a blessing?) buried inside of it. But the choice is ours as to IF we will use it or not.
Shakespeare spent some time in quarantine, as the theaters were closed in England as the bubonic plague ravaged the area. But, there’s also a high likelihood that he wrote a large portion of King Lear and even parts of Macbeth during this time.
Isaac Newton did some of his best works, while in quarantine in a family farm (60 miles northwest of Cambridge) from the plague. Among other things, this is where he reasoned out a lot of what became the foundations to his Laws of Motion.
And then, of course, Christians have found ways to serve and do ministry through times of plague and pandemic since the beginning. Many Christians found ways to care for the sick during the 3rd Century. In the 14th century, Martin Luther and his wife cared for the sick during the Black Death. In the 1850’s, Charles Spurgeon saw his ministry become more effective as he continued to serve through an outbreak of Cholera in London.
And so, I’ve been asking:
- How can I/we best use this time?
- What can I be doing now, such that I can look back at this time and know that it was time well spent?
- What are ways that I can reach out to, care for, or serve others (not EVERYONE… but at least SOMEONE)?
- Especially those who live right next door…
- Especially those who are finding themselves out of work…
- Especially those who who shouldn’t be leaving the house…
- Especially those who are lonely…
- Especially those who operate small businesses…
- Especially those who are having to make really hard choices right now…
- Especially those who _____(You fill in the blank)_____________…
Keep praying, keep connected, stay safe,