We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, Common English Bible)
Last night I started thinking about today’s post (it doesn’t happen that way all the time but it does more often than not) and as I thought I realized I am missing some things. By this point we all should be.
The first one I thought about is, I have not met with a full fellowship meal, I am defining that as much of the congregation present and eating from covered dishes all over the map since February 16. That has been five months ago. That has been 150 days.
I really miss that fellowship. For much of that five months we weren’t meeting together at all. For three months most of us did not meet face to face for worship. Even when we opened worship again, we still were limited. I miss seeing smiling faces. I miss seeing people come together to support one another. I miss the sharing of words of encouragement.
Without question, worship is the most important thing we do as the church. There are plenty of places we can go to have fellowship together. There are other place we can go to serve. The only place in our society that their is worship is within the Body of Christ, the Church.
I do understand why we are not all back together. If you are sick, while I want to see you, I want you to stay home more. Recover so we can have opportunities in the future to share fellowship again.
If you aren’t comfortable coming back, I get that too. There is some stuff out there that are pretty scary. If you are concerned with what can happen to you out in public I do understand. Please, stay home.
While I do understand, It does not mean I don’t miss you. I do long for the day when we can all gather again, to share in a meal, to have a meal together without having to maintain social distancing. I want to see the day again soon when the Church can be the Church once again.
While I do long for those days, I also excited about new opportunities. Though I think it is the opposite of what we often say, Covit takes away and Covit gives. Yes, we have given up, at least temporarily some pretty important stuff. We may give up more before it is all said and done. But, because there are new restrictions, there are also new opportinities.
Our children will start back to school soon, even if no one really knows as of yet what that will look like. While I was out of town I heard on the news that Houston Independent School District has made the decision to start school two weeks late and once it does start again classes will only be online until at least mid-October. Angelina College has decided all fall classes will be online. There will be no face to face opportunities.
Stephen F. Austin State University is offering a variety of possibilities between online only, face to face, and a hybrid of both. Several school districts are offering their variations on the same theme.
As I look at these things I know there are opportunities for mission and ministry are all around us. We need to think our way through these things, search for ways to partner with schools in our area to ensure our students get the education they need.
What kinds of things can we do? What if we had a reading hour where students who are not participating in face-to-face classes could come together for adults in the church to share a story with them at a local park that might be convenient for our school kids.
I am not the right person to do this though I could be the second adult in the room for a math lab, where students could get help from someone like us.
There are two ideas but I know there are more. I also know that all of us are smarter than one of us. Our kids need us. All too often we adults ring our hands in despair of what will happen with our kids in the future. The answers to this and more are up to us.
As I watched the late news tonight a man came on and talk about the difference things will be for his family as he and his wife loof for the best alternatives for homeschooling. How can we help with that.
Our, what about the single mom who is trying to work two jobs to support her family. An older brother or sister watches the younger children and while they can watch for safety they can’t help with the education part.
Most of us desire a different, better world. There us a fairly new quote we all need to think about. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” We stress over where the world is headed. Maybe that is our calling, to change the world one kid at a time.
Seeking the genuine,
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