TODAY’S SIGNATURE VERSE ••• For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:12 ESV)
PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• I’m not quite sure how Friday got here so fast, but… here we are. What a crazy week. I had big cleaning plans for this weekend, but I don’t know… I may read books all weekend and sleep instead. We’ll see.
In Coronavirus news, I am disheartened. Who knows what to believe?! I see posts and headlines from both schools of thought: keep the country closed so we’ll be safe! And open it back up so we can earn a living! Opinions and tensions mount… Both sides have valid points, but I know which way I’m leaning.
But either way—whether we stay closed or re-open, life as we know it isn’t going to be the same. Just as our grandparents saved everything and became the ultimate in recycling and upcycling after living through the Great Depression, I think we’re going to emerge from this as a very changed group of people.
I keep thinking of a comedian who talked about the difference between the 80s and now… specifically how people responded when the doorbell rang. It’s a hoot (Google Sebastian Maniscalco)! He talks about how back then, when company showed up, everyone was excited! Mom would break out the Entenmann’s and Sanka to welcome company who stopped by to visit! But over time… drop-in company was unheard of and frowned upon. Again, Google it for a good laugh!
It all boils down to this: We’ve been separating and isolating ourselves for years before “social distancing” was even a term. And from where I sit, it’s backfired on us.
As it should. God didn’t create us to live this way. Genesis 2:18 says, “Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.’” And then, flash forward to Jesus’ ministry… He didn’t operate as a loner. He had His disciples to help Him and to teach them. Later, Paul wrote of the church, “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).
So my encouragement for you today is this: when we get out of this, leave the phones and tablets on the table and break out the Entenmann’s and Sanka. Let’s reconnect the way God designed us to connect. We can’t social distance without it costing us a great deal. We need relationships and most of all, we need Jesus.
My sincere prayer is that through this, people will discover (or rediscover) Jesus Christ. My prayer is that we will emerge from this with stronger faith and do what our forefathers intended—to truly be one nation under God.
Today, as you pray, thank God that He is always near. Ask the Holy Spirit to use this time in a powerful way to help us reconnect with others as we need to be. And mostly, pray that we will reconnect with God.
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