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.
Matthew 5:6-10 spoke to me in my morning bible study. It is half of the Beatitudes (the beginning focus on humility, mourners and the meek and lowly). It continues on to “those who are happy.”
The entire book of Matthew seems to be a guide — how to live a life that is pleasing to God, and how to be a light in dark places for others to find Christ. We are often the only positive example of Christianity a non-believer might see.
I, myself have overreacted in various life situations, I have hurt others with my words and I have been hurt by the words and actions of others. We are human, we are not perfect and imagining a life that is; sets us up for failure. I see each day as a new start, a new beginning, a new opportunity to change the heart of another. We are not put on this earth to merely live and exist, we are ultimately here to share the kingdom of God with all people, to live righteously (not perfect) and to love God with our heart and soul.
Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind.’
Romans 1:6-7 And you, dear friends in Rome, are among those he dearly loves; you, too, are invited by Jesus Christ to be God’s very own—yes, his holy people. May all God’s mercies and peace be yours from God our Father and from Jesus Christ our Lord.