“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
I have been calling three people a day since the pandemic. I have had the opportunity to speak with almost everyone from the Little Church.
Recently, I am noticing a distinct pattern from some: this pandemic, the social distancing, not being able to worship in person, not being able to meet with friends is taking an emotional toll.
If you’re a handful of the extreme introverts, this is a fantastic season for you. And there are some people living alone who are doing well. But for the majority of our folks who are living alone, this is taxing. This is painful. This is long. And there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel…none that we can see yet.
- Imagine having had no meaningful human physical contact for two and half months. No hugs. No hand shakes. No pat in the back. No contact.
- Imagine having no face to face conversations.
I am asking you, the church, to be the church. Go through the directory, close your eyes and picture a typical Sunday morning and ask God to call to mind someone you ought to be reaching out to today. God comforts us so that we can comfort those who are hurting around us. To be the church has more to do with how we honor God by loving the people around us than it does with gathering in any building.
I am asking you, the church, to be the church. Be there for someone who needs a human contact today. And you just may discover that you needed the call as much as the other person needed to hear from you today.
“Blessed be the God…who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God.”