We Need Each Other



“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” - Hebrews 10:24-25


Dear Friends,


A gut punch.


Three gut punches, really, that seemed to happen in fairly quick succession.


There was the new mandate about masks in schools, which regardless of what you feel about its merits, is a stark reminder that the Pandemic is still a significant threat in our state and community. It came on the heals of 60 people being sent home from the High School this week… or at least that’s what was reported to me by our high schooler on the third day of school.


Then we woke up to the news that school and sports practices were cancelled due to the weather and potential flooding, the vestiges of Hurricane Ida making its way toward us. So far, the church building isn’t experiencing any, but I’ve already heard about area homes and businesses experiencing flooding and we’re bracing for more.


And then there was the news that a parent tested positive for Covid at our Daycare, shutting us down, and kicking us into various additional safety, contact tracing and mitigation efforts.


All told, it’s enough to make you want to roll over, pull the covers up and hibernate until Spring. (The thought has crossed my mind).


But…


I’ve actually discovered over the years, it’s the absolute worst thing I can do!


We need each other.


The same part of the mitigation efforts for this virus - “social distancing” - have exacerbated the brokenness of our society and of ourselves. Further and further isolating us from what we really need most - the body of Christ!


Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and place to be physically distanced from each other. There’s good reasons why hospitals have specialized ICU units with limited capacities where you can’t just walk in willy-nilly. There’s wisdom in taking your sick days and staying home when needed.


But…


There are limits to this. I’ll go out on a limb and say that there is foolishness in isolation.


Isolation fuels the very worst parts of us. It’s why solitary confinement has been deemed cruel and unusual punishment, basically calling it a war crime. The stories of prisoners in those situations is absolutely awful!


Praise God that we don’t have to be isolated, even when the flood waters rise, even when viruses shut down our public gatherings, there are things we can do!


Right now, getting vaccinated is basically the most beneficial thing we can do for ourselves and our community to keep us all safe and get us back to a semblance of “normal life.”


We can also mask-up, whether we’re told to mask by the government, our boss, a business or not, we can choose to throw up a mask to keep ourselves safer… and allow us to get out into the world.


And we can still “meet” over the phone, via video-conferencing and other social media platforms. No, it’s not the same. No, it’s not nearly as good as being “in the room” - whether that’s for worship or study or just plain connecting with another person - but something is better than nothing. Meeting together “virtually” is better than isolating in reality!


So, as a new round of mitigation efforts takes shape around us, I want to double-down on the importance of not isolating. I encourage you to meet with us for worship on Sundays - in-person if you can, on-line (and live) if you’re not comfortable, there is so much value in gathering together! And if you’re feeling isolated at all, reach out - message the church over Social, e-mail, call, we have elders, deacons and staff who want to support you and keep you rooted the source of all light and life - Jesus Christ!


And together, we are the body of Christ, right here and now!


Welcoming You IN… to Grow in Jesus,


Pastor Don

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