It’s a strange new world. Somber and oftentimes, lonely. I am not in the camp that God is using this to bring people closer to Him. I just don’t buy into that way of thinking. Man creates these viruses, man is responsible for the unwinding of Mother Nature. This was God’s paradise, until that fateful day when Adam and Eve realized they were naked and hid from God. God always wants us to turn to Him. In tragedy and joy.
But what about the people in our lives that we miss seeing and spending time with? How can we reach out safely? Our minister encourages us to make two phone calls a day to check in on friends and family! Send pics of your kids or make funny faces! A card in the mail is more of a treat than ever before! I’m sending a package of cards I hand wrote that can be distributed at local nursing homes. What can you do to stay connected?
Tell your kids to “phone home” if they are under 30, they probably won’t get the reference!
May you be blessed, healthy, and sane during this time of separation from your tribe.
In the past two days I’ve spent a good amount of time with UU’ers (Unitarian Universalists). I remain a “friend” of this community, as I had been an active participant for four years.
Some Christians would tell you “don’t converse with unsaved folks.” But that NEVER made sense to me. How are you supposed to share the love of God and the reason for grace if you only ‘hang out’ with like-minded people?
I personally don’t believe the God I believe in put His “Good-Housekeeping” Seal of a Approval on a particular church or religion.
However, I digress, this post is about community, and the importance of belonging; finding your (various types of) people and how the bible encourages it.
Acts 12:12 …..”gathered together praying…”
Deuteronomy 31:12 “Gather the people together, men, women, children, and your foreigner who is within your towns, so that they may hear and learn…..”
A core belief in the UU church is to “question everything.” I am not a Lutheran because my parents raised me to be one, in fact – I no longer identify as a Lutheran at all. I check the box for Christian for medical forms and leave it at that.
But community; is more than a group of people hanging out together, it’s being with people who respect, are concerned about and want you to live your best life (I’m channeling Oprah)!
Is your community healthy? Are you inspired and encouraged by those in your circle? Is God at the center?