Posts Tagged ‘corona’

Lately, I’ve been having some trouble sleeping. It’s not surprising given all that’s going on. The dialog going on in my head is the problem. I try to pray but the combination of fatigue and distraction make it difficult to concentrate. I think about all that is going on in the world and all that I am hearing from so many quarters, from the uninformed to the informed that I doubt are telling me the truth. I think of the death toll. It’s small compared to even things like the flu and so I wonder why the lockdown? At the same time, I realize that any loss of life is hard and affects many. I start to wonder if I’ll ever just be able to take my wife to dinner, sitting in a restaurant again, and how in the midst of social distancing if we’ll ever be allowed to worship together. I know it’s only been about a month and a half, but on the other hand it’s been a month and a half. There was a big protest at our capitol here in Pennsylvania. The usual suspects are condemning them, but a little voice in my head wonders if they’re right. I hear business moguls talking about prevention methods that sound more like Nazi Germany or number of the beast than the America I know and want to live in. I wonder who, if anyone is behind this mess and what should be done to them if they’re found out. I think of friends and family in business who will have a very hard time weathering this storm. What can I say? Right now inside my head can be a very scary place, especially in the middle of the night. Add to that the condemning voice that wonders what kind of man of God would be wrestling with this, and you might understand the insomnia.

But it’s about this time that they prayers break through, and I hear other words. “David, David,” (think Martha, Martha, if you’re familiar) “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.” It’s the story of an overwrought hostess, who is trying to get all her ducks in a row when she notices her sister and main helper, Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus, hanging on His every word and Martha is irate, so irate that she goes to yell at the guest of honor. The above phrase was His response to her and, I think, to me. See the bottom line is most of the thoughts above are none of my business. If there is a conspiracy, the conspirators have already been caught by the ultimate righteous judge. He has all of this under control and none of it is my job.

What is my job is the one thing, the thing that Mary chose. Sitting at the feet of Jesus. See what our world needs right now is Jesus. Not conspiracy theories, not panicking preachers calling everything out. No the world needs what (who) it has always needed. We need Jesus and in this time of separation, we need people who are creative and who know the technology, doing what it takes to share His love. In short this is my one thing. In a sea of things over which I am powerless, this is the thing that I can do, so this is what I must do.

After this, I slept.

I’m going to confess something to you. I’ve been a little depressed the last few days. The Corona Virus has caused us to close church at least for two weeks. I love what I do and I hate to ever miss. I love my people and all of the sudden things I took for granted like visitation is limited and the people I need to see the most are the ones I really can’t visit. It’s hard and I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I’ve struggled with a whole lot of things behind this, but what I struggle with most is wanting to make sure I’m doing the right thing and taking the best care of these people I’ve been given to love. It’s hard.

But today I had a new thought. Here I am the creative ministry guy. I usually love a creative challenge, and I am starting to realize that is precisely what I am facing. I need to find a way to minister to people I can’t be with. Digital solutions are part of the solution, but quite a few of my folks are not online, so I am still working on that. Today I looked at a way to deliver Bible study and Christian ed to my folks. Further I am looking for ways to “visit” and keep us connected. I’m learning some interesting things along the way. Have I found a perfect solution yet? No, and odds are, I won’t get it perfect. Of course my hope is, before I have it worked out, the danger will have cleared and we’ll be back together again.

In the mean time, we who love the Lord and the church are faced with a creative challenge. Now would be a great time for us to share our ideas. I’m especially interested in solutions for the lower tech/smaller church. Now would be a great time for the body of Christ to help each other out.

Yesterday I posted my sermon to Youtube, along with announcements, videos and other things into a resource for home worship. I’m looking at for Bible Study and Christian Ed. and I’m probably going to old school phone work for “visitation,”