How is week 2 (or is it 3?) of physical distancing going for you? As Jen our office administrator said, these two weeks have been the longest year of her life! I hope you are able to use this disruption to be intentional about the most important things in your life: make time for conversation with loved ones; spend time each day with God through prayer and Bible reading; take care of your body by eating good food and getting some sunshine and fresh air when you can; play games! Our family has started a “family read” over Skype twice a week as a way to connect and visit. What is working for you?
Yesterday Alice and I were taking our walk and saw a remarkable sight—a “committee” of turkey vultures (apparently that is what they are called—or a kettle, I love both names!). We must have seen 25 or more birds (BIG birds!) circling over the university and avenues area. It was a great reminder to me of all the things that are happening—flowers blooming, sunsets reddening, spring coming—without regard for our current circumstances. It also reminds me to stop and say thank you to God who holds all of it in his hands, and who is working himself, if only we notice. So—let’s stop and notice and praise more, even in the middle of worry and disruption. As Psalm 5:5-6 encourages us: “I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side.”
Here is a link to a really helpful reminder of how to nurture your closest relationships from Dr. Julie Gottman, one of the nation’s foremost relationship experts. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/03/25/lockdown-with-your-partner-heres-how-healthy-couples-survive/?utm_campaign=wp_first_reads&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1
Finally, I hope you are able to join us online to worship on Sunday. This week we will be looking at God’s people, the Church! There has never been a time in our lives when it has been more clear that the Church is not a building or a place but a people. Join us on Facebook Live.
May you use these days to “continue to live your lives in Jesus, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness.” Col 2:6-7