Together again

How are you holding up? If you are like me, you are getting really tired of this quarantine.  Let’s be real here, we are all anxious for it to be over.  Some people have gone so far as to protest the government to reopen. The Camden County Commission has sent a letter to the governor asking that the stay-at-home order be lifted, and the Camden County Health Department has publicly endorsed their decision. Yet, at the same time, the death toll in the U.S. continues to climb. How are we supposed to make sense of all this? Good question!

We live in an area of the country that has been spared the worst of this pandemic, and perhaps that’s because of our sparse population.  However, it could also be that we took the warnings to heart and stayed home. I’ll let you decide, my issue is what are we going to do when the order to stay at home is lifted?  How are we going to open the church? Certainly, we are going to have to take some precautions. Some of our practices are going to have to change, for a while, anyway, until we are certain that it’s safe to resume church as usual.

As we begin to hold public worship services again it’s going to be up to each of us to practice some discretion both for our own health and that of those around us. My friends, we are all going to have to make some decisions based on our own personal circumstances. We all want to get back to church, but we also want to make it a healthy experience.

Let us remember the words of Christ, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12:13). Now I don’t think this means we need to die in order to express this kind of love.  Rather, I take it to mean that we need be willing to set aside some of our own preferences so as not to infringe on the health and safety of others. Let’s practice “safe love.”

I’m looking forward to the day when we are back together again.  Until then, know that you are in my prayers.  God be with you.
 
Pastor Paul