Decency is not canceled. Love is not canceled. Friendship is not canceled. Family is not canceled. Generosity, compassion and kindness are not canceled.
There is a lot we have been asked not to do for a time, but there is so much more that we are allowed to do. Please, use this time to check in on friends with a phone call. Take your time, talk awhile. Catch up with each other and pray together over the phone.
Use this time to mend fences. Reconciliation hasn’t been canceled. Do you have a broken or strained relationship with a friend or family member? Fix it. Fix it today. You really can’t say you are too busy. There isn’t really anything to distract you. You don’t have any good excuses right now. So pick up the phone, call the person and just say, “I was thinking about you and wondered how you are holding up with all that is going on?” Then let God’s grace do the rest of the work.
You are still allowed to read your bible. Pick it up, open it and listen for God’s call to you. Read it and look for the beauty of God. Search the pages for his holiness, the transcendent nature of God. Pour over his instructions about life and how to be in a relationship with him and your neighbors. The stories in the bible are full of life and loss, success and tragedy, crisis after crisis and yet God continues to move everything towards his purposes. Dozens of different authors over thousands of years, and there is one theme that rings through the whole narrative—God wants you. You have all of the time in the world right now. Get to know the greatest love story that was ever written, the Holy God in love with his broken servants. It too is a story of reconciliation, God is calling you and he has been ready to mend fences for a long time.
Don’t waste your time watching the news for hours every day. Redeem the time we have been given this week and do something productive and meaningful. Strengthen and rebuild the important relationships in your life. If you invest your time doing that in the next month, our community will come out of this pandemic stronger than we were before it.
Love ya Maugansville!