Don’t Panic

Greetings in the name of Jesus!
First off let me say: “DON’T PANIC!” God is with each of you and all of us!
Well, we are certainly in a time that is unprecedented for all of us. As I was thinking about what to write to you this morning, I started thinking about a conversation I had with my grandmother about her experiences during World War 2.
I was visiting with her, as I often did, when she went into a closet and pulled out a bag full of memorabilia. She had newspapers announcing the Pearl Harbor attack and celebrating the victory in Europe. She had a large swatch of a silk parachute that a relative had brought back from the war. Yet, the item that most interested me was the rationing coupon book. She explained to me that every family was issued one and the coupons were needed to purchase various items. If you ran out of coupons, you could not purchase the item.
She explained how, while it was a hardship, everyone pulled together because that was what was required of the nation in the time of war so that the soldiers would have what they needed to win. It was a time of shared sacrifice focused on a common goal. It is no wonder they called the generation of my grandmother’s the greatest generation.
While I am not sure we can compare what my grandmother lived through to what we are living through today, the truth is that we are facing something that few if any of us have faced before. This Corona Virus Pandemic has caused major disruptions to our way of life. There are things being asked of us that are major inconveniences. We don’t want to cancel church. We don’t want to limit our interactions with people. We want our sports back!
Yet, I am convinced that we can do this. There is a limited time frame here. We are not looking at 4 years of hardship. Instead, we are looking at a couple of months at most. We can pull together and do our part to help “flatten the curve” of infection as we keep our eyes open to the needs around us.
Ironically, this time of social distancing and not gathering in large groups is providing us the opportunity to re-connect to individuals around us. I encourage you to check in with your neighbors to see if they are o.k. or need something. Reach out to an older person and offer to help them run an errand or pick up food so they can remain safely at home. Call your friends more frequently to commiserate. Seek to see with the eyes of Jesus and respond as the hands and feet of Jesus.
One thing I do think that we will all come to better appreciate is the wonderful joy and value of gathering together as a church family. When something is taken away, we more clearly understand how important it is.
Please know that I am praying for you, our community, and nation. I encourage you to be praying as well. God is with us and God will sustain us as God always has!
Your Friend and Pastor,
Pastor Lee