My blog is being reborn in 2020!
I wrote that goal on January 1. I shared it with a few people, who applauded, and now I'm becoming accountable..
As a perfectionist I have been procrastinating going live. I journal most days, and a blog isn't really that much work, but I really want it to add value to those who read it (maybe just two of you). Praying it will!
In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic I'm taking the scary step (at least for me) of jumping off the proverbial dock. One... two... three... jump!
Still waters are being stirred! The ripples of the Covid-19 pandemic are increasingly evident in every segment of our society. My favorite coffee shops are closed, my regular worship gatherings are called off, and I'm being encouraged to social distance or even social isolation or quarantine. "What does it mean for our church which is so accustomed to gathering to be scattered? How do we remain connected in ways that are meaningful when for the most part our connections will be virtual?"
I am writing this post as for the first time our District Church pastors are connecting on a Zoom Conference with 12 other pastors offering support, encouragement and ideation for being the church in these unprecedented times. I am so encouraged by the conversation we are having and the amazing wisdom, compassion and love that is represented across our district.
I'm praying that more and more people who come into contact with church leaders, faithful disciples online and Christians in their community will discover just how much love, and wisdom exists within the church and how big a resource people of faith really are in their community.
Praying for all my friends and my congregation that the ripples and waves of disruption won't overwhelm you, but instead you'll ride it out with the peace and presence of God. I encourage you, as the pace of life slows down with the closing of so many things, don't ruminate on what could go wrong, but meditate on all that is good!
"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want... he leads me beside still waters, he restores my soul."
- Psalm 23:1-3 NRSV