As we check in with the family, we are seeing all kinds of reactions. Some of us are rightly concerned about the physical welfare of ourselves and our families. Some of us are actually enjoying a little quiet time. Some of us are feeling overwhelmed by it all, while others are excited by the opportunities of service that are in front of us. These are all normal human reactions and emotions and all have their place. As we walk through week 1, of who knows how many to come, here are some things to consider:
GOD IS NOT ABSENT.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin.” HEBREWS 4:15
He is walking through this with us. He cares about our pain and empowers us in our plans to serve. Don’t forget to seek Him and lay your heart and hopes before Him. He will be the comfort when we are hurting and the courage when we act. Our enemy wants to destroy our cause. Let’s turn what he hopes for evil to the good of our community.
WE NEED EACH OTHER.
“….there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
1 CORINTHIANS 12:25b-27
While we go through this time of social distancing, let’s pull together as a family. Here’s a challenge: Let’s be crazy creative to find ways to connect with one another. Call your friends in the church. Reach out through social media to those you know might need some help. Use technology to connect to your Home Group. Share your ideas with us about how you are increasing connection rather than drawing back. We will share
your ideas every week and will award the most creative each week with a good old fashioned pat on the back.
LAUGH A LITTLE.
“A joyful heart is good medicine.” PROVERBS 17:22
This is a serious time and almost everything we hear is gloom and doom. We don’t need to bury our heads in the sand, but we also need to remember that the scriptures teach us that “a joyful heart is good medicine”. Play games with your children. Remember fun times and share your memories with your family and friends. Call a friend and laugh about it together.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” EPHESIANS 4:2
We are all under a lot of stress as we think about the pressures of the situation. As we have said, we will all be processing this stress in different ways. Understand that we are all different and that we will “feel” this differently. Don’t expect your friends and family to be in the same place you are. If we all extend grace, then everyone is receiving grace, too. Let’s make that commitment!
We also need to remember that God has already given us grace. When we have moments of anger, frustration, or even lack faith… remember #1: God is not absent. Ask for forgiveness and know that He is “faithful and just to forgive.”
Lake Valley, we will get through this together. We love you and let’s get closer than we have ever been!