We are eight weeks into our COVID-induced distancing from one another. I am an introvert and by definition, I am comfortable with spending time alone or in very small groups. I have been preparing for this my entire life. Every Sunday after church or on Wednesday night after dinner at church I take time to myself either on a run or watching whatever Netflix series I am on to decompress and renew.
Eight weeks, well, that’s been more time than this introvert can handle. Two weeks into our COVID-induced distancing and I am missing people. As much as that statement pains my inner introvert, I am missing people.
I am missing you, my Mount Olivet family.
And I know, as much as many of you would hate to admit it, you miss me too.
I know you are missing one another.
I know you miss gathering in the Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary for worship and in classrooms to gather with friends who are more like family than acquaintances you spend time with once a week.
Whether we are introverts or extroverts, all of us are social beings. We need social engagement and physical touch to thrive. There is power in the human touch.
“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God’s own possession. You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.” - 1 Peter 2:9, Common English Bible
The Church was not designed to exist in the cloud or via video chat. It has been difficult for us to translate the work of the church onto digital platforms because we have been called out – called to be a physical body – of our previous lives and into the Light of Christ. The past eight weeks have been difficult for us to be physically together and yet I have heard wonderful stories of the church being the Church during our COVID-induced distancing from one another.
You have been called out to care for one another – gathering groceries and supplies for those who are vulnerable or who cannot provide for themselves.
You have been called out to pray for one another, traveling throughout your neighborhoods, walking and praying for those living around you.
You have called me, to check on me and my family. You have called to check on the church staff, to check on one another, and to see where you can step out to share the Light of Christ.
While we may be physically apart from one another and yet we have never been more connected and attentive to the needs of the community.
We are connecting on Wednesday evenings to discuss ancient practices of the early church.
We are connecting on Wednesday evenings for Facetime and Zoom dinners with one another.
We are connecting with one another for Bible studies on Sunday morning.
We are connecting with one another as we write letters to one another, connecting the generations of the church.
We are eight weeks into our COVID-induced distancing from one another, yet as the body of Christ, the church called out, we are anything but distant from one another and the community we have been called to serve.
Consider, where you have been called to serve during our COVID-induced distancing from one another, and what have God revealed to you during those experiences?