“We're All in This Together”
Over the last several weeks I have heard this phrase “We're all in this together”, over and over again. What does this phrase mean? We all find ourselves in the same situation; sheltered in place in our homes. We can't go out and see our friends. Many of us are afraid to even go out to the grocery store. And when we do go out, there are very few cars or people on the streets. For the time being, we can’t even go to church! Our whole state is in the same position we're in. Not just our state, but our whole country is paralyzed by the Corona virus.
We're all in this together means that we are all trying to stay safe and not become infectious. We stay in as much as we can; we wash our hands over and over again; when needed, we wear masks and gloves. We all know how that feels and we have sympathy for our neighbors and for those that are struggling along with us. For those of us who are followers of Jesus it also means loving our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus has called us to love our neighbors and our enemies. This is God's mandate. He calls on us especially right now when so many people are in crisis. This is a great time to phone our family members and remind them how special they are in our lives. It's also a time to call our neighbors and friends and just tell them we are checking in to see how they're doing. And, it’s a wonderful time to strengthen our prayer life and call upon God to bring this pandemic under control.
In the book of Joshua (Ch. 1:5) which recounts the Israelite conquest of the land of Canaan, Joshua reminds them that God saved them and that God was with them during their 40 years in the wilderness. He also reminds them “I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous”, says God.
We have only spent a short time in this wilderness. Let's not lose heart or courage but let's continue to be there for our family, our friends, and our brothers and sisters. I miss you all and can't wait for us to be together in groups over 10! I don't know how soon we will be able to worship again, but it will be as soon as it is safe for all of us, from the youngest to the oldest, to truly lift our voices and give praise and thanks to God for all he has done in our lives.
And God said, “I will not leave you or forsake you”.