From Pastor’s Desk
Our lives have been affected in so many ways by this coronavirus pandemic that has turned our lives upside down. We have been struggling to find ways to tolerate stay at home orders. To learn new routines within our social isolation and for many to incorporate the education of their children during the day while schools remain closed. And above all, our stress and anxieties are peaked by the fear of contracting coronavirus as we see each day the numbers of confirmed positive cases and deaths from COVID-19.
Our sorrows run especially deep as we experience the reality of death or the struggling for survival of friends or family members as a result of this disease. Furthermore we see many around us, if not even ourselves, who have lost jobs. Jobs that have sustained them and their families just disappeared literally overnight as the U. S. economy had to shut down in order to stop the spread of the virus.
And furthering these emotions, people of faith are experiencing a great suffering of their spirit through the ongoing inability to worship as a church community in their sacred place. Our worship experience is only limited to livestreaming video broadcasts on our computers and smart phones. Even though we appreciate how technology has allowed us to worship virtually and remain connected to loved ones, but we realize that it is no replacement for personal connection. More than ever I miss the personal and physical encounters with others.
Through this experience, however, we have come to realize a deep sense of gratitude for those who are continuing the frontline battle against this disease. Those doctors and nurses, all hospital workers, who are putting their lives on the line to save others. And for all those essential workers, grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, postal workers, food service and supply warehouse workers, all doing their part to help us endure and survive within our new isolated realities.
During the course of all of this, we have witnessed a tremendous rise in the acts of kindness and volunteerism within our communities. Everything from making protective masks, preparing food for hospital and nursing home workers, to fund raising for many people who need help due to the collateral damage being done by COVID-19.
What we now feel must serve as the spark needed to light the flame of desire to do more to be present to those among us who are suffering. As a people of faith, we can and must emerge from this pandemic more empathetic than ever to one another.
Therefore, let us not forget the risks doctors and nurses, and essential workers have taken, the sacrifices they have made, and the heavy demand placed on those professions. I hope more people stop to say thank you to those who keep us well. Let us continue to pray for all caregivers that God will bless their heroic efforts with God’s peace and love. And let us carry with us the acts of kindness we have heard of and witnessed during this time as we recall in John 10:10 which tells us that “I (Christ) came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” Let us remember that our actions really do matter!
In God’s Service,