It’s impossible to completely fathom the future. We do our best to make good plans often through prayer, reading the Bible, and listening for God’s voice in community together. Then, we act. We assess the results. And we start the process all over again.
I don’t think anyone in our worshiping community expected the plan for 2020 to include words like social-distancing, quarantine, and spending the season of Lent in near total solitude. Yet, here we are. The Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has made itself known world-wide by taking its presence to even our own city. With no clear path to a cure, many in the world have contracted the virus and several others have been left dead in its wake. Our best response at this time is to pray for a cure and follow the quarantine guidelines, giving our leaders in the health industry a fighting chance to combat the virus on behalf of all of us. This means not holding any gatherings of ten or more people, including Bible study and worship.
These are concerning times. As I am writing these words, I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time and season for everything. The writer of that chapter lists several life rhythms. Included in that list is, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing. I don’t think the writer had the 2020 quarantine in mind but, the words apply well here. For the time being we must refrain from embracing and meeting together in order to help contain the virus. Ironically, to refrain from embracing now is a likely a stronger act of love for each other as it intends to protect and love in a way that requires conscious discipline.
Until further notice, we will not be gathering for Bible study or worship. This won’t last forever. When the time is right, we shall gather again to worship God together. In the meantime, follow the basic public guidelines to keep yourself safe and healthy. If you need a reference, click here.
To continue your spiritual growth and sharing in community I encourage you to do the following:
- Call a fellow church member. Texting can’t replace the sound of someone’s voice.
- Read a passage of the Bible out loud. There’s power in hearing the words.
- Do Bible study at home.
- Continue saying the Lord’s Prayer during Lent.
- Share prayer requests and encouragement with each other on the members page.
- If you need help, reach out. You may be at home, but you’re not alone.
Remember, you are loved.
Rev. Ricardo Tavárez