How can I reach out with a stay-at-home order in effect?
I saw this question posted the other day on social media. So I thought I would address it here.
Thankfully, we live in the age of technology. Call your neighbors. Make sure they are OK. Offer to pray with them over the phone. Ask them if they need anything, and if they do, pick it up for them when you are at the grocery store, pharmacy, or the hardware store.
Most of us are packing smartphones these days. Use them! FaceTime your friends. Organize a coffee clutch or a Bible study on Zoom. The software is free and incredibly easy to use, and you can see and hear everyone in a Zoom meeting. Or get out and walk together — observing social distancing.
Finally, pray. Pray for our sick. Some in our own congregation are suffering from COVID-19. Pray for their healing and recovery. Pray for their caregivers as well, for their doctors and nurses and all those working at hospitals and health care jobs in these trying times. Pray for those who have been laid off or are struggling to keep their business afloat in these trying times. Pray for our politicians that they might make the right decisions going forward.
Remember that as Christians we are to embody hope. 1st Peter 3:15 tells us: “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” A final thought: If you have one of our signs in your yard (see the picture above), take a picture of yourself & your family standing behind the sign, then post it on social media!
Yours in Christ,