Good day friends! I pray your week and weekend went well!
Readings for May 3, 2020; The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47
How are you? Are you ‘social distancing’? Have you been ‘social distancing’?
Some people may be able to handle ‘social distancing’ and self-isolation better than others. However, it is not surprising that, although we do what we must do for the sake of each other and society as a whole, we – followers of Jesus- just don’t feel quite right when we are not in fellowship with one another, especially for our weekly Worship ‘fix’. And it is no surprise, really.
We are called to be together. We are strengthened by one another through the work of the Holy Spirit in and among us. In fact, Jesus himself tells us, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20) We are meant to be together and we feel his presence when we are together in his name, whether it be for a time of prayer, serving together, worshipping together, or simply sharing a meal as fellow brothers and sisters-in-Christ. We desire to be together and we feel something missing when we are not together.
Do not be discouraged. This time will pass, and eventually, we will be back together. In the meantime, take advantage of communicating, and even praying, with fellow believers by electronic means and/or over the telephone. We can be encouraged and thankful for the advancement of technology that allows us to continue to be connected so easily.
Then, in any case, always remember that despite everything that is going on in this world, there is absolutely no need to distance yourself from our Lord. Let him in your heart. Seek him. Embrace him. Fall into his arms. He is knocking at the door of your heart, ready to enter and remain with you this day and always, no matter where you are. He does not wait for you to come to him in his house. You are his house! He is with you and never will he leave you. “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, [neither deadly pandemic viruses nor isolation,] nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate [you] from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39) He is with you now and always. You are not alone in these days of isolation, ever!
Prayer: Thank-you Heavenly Father for never leaving me. Help me to always be reminded of your constant love and presence in my life, through Christ Jesus. Keep me strong in this knowledge. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN!