One of the stunning things about our Lord is that he is committed to relationships. Within himself, and incredibly, with people such as us. The idea that the Almighty Creator God wants an intimate relationship with you and me should blow us away, but it’s part of the wonder of being a Christian.
In God’s goodness he also brings us into close relationships with one another which, in a fallen world, has its challenges as well as its blessings. I find it interesting that at a time when we’re thinking through how we can better relate to one another as a church family, we face such realities as COVID-19.
We hope and pray that all the media hype that surrounds the current situation is an overreaction, however, in Christian love, we are duty bound to do our best to care for one another. To that end, we are seeking to put into practice all the recommendations the Diocese has suggested, including changes to communion and the serving of food.
Regarding the latter, there will be a meeting of all in the parish who assist in handling/distributing food at church events. We will meet next Sunday, March 22, at 3:00pm in the church.
We have no idea what the future holds with this outbreak, but we do know that the Lord is in charge of all that happens and that what he allows, he does for a purpose. The apostle James wrote: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance” (James 1:2–3).
It’s as we live out that perseverance in the face of our trials that our relationship with our Lord is clearly demonstrated. As we love those around us, whatever the inconveniences we endure for the sake of one another, we relate to each other as God calls us to – a community of love and a witness to our world.