Whatever your take on the nature of the current world situation or its severity, or even the response of our various government leaders to the crisis; I think we can all agree on a few things.
- The impact of the current pandemic is multi-faceted. It is physical, economic, emotional and spiritual.
- The way this affects you will vary from the way it affects the next person. You may catch the virus. Another person may lose their job. Yet another will suffer great anxiety. Many are feeling the spiritual loss of not being able to enjoy physical community as we worship God.
- Most of us are required to restrict our regular activities. Churches are putting services and other content online like never before. Restaurants are handing your food through your car window. Large businesses are limiting the number of people that can be in the building.
- Things that formerly absorbed so much of our attention are no longer available to us. There are no sporting events to watch. We can’t catch the latest movie release. We don’t want to watch the stock market or the news…that seems to be the same story every day lately; and it’s not been good.
- Even home life is different. Many are working from home. Children are being educated at home. Families are spending more time together than they may have in many months. Someone said it’s like we are the little house on the prairie…with internet.
I know the name of this blog doesn’t fit well with that list I just put together. It’s not very encouraging at all. Besides; you already knew all of that. So here’s what I decided to do. I want to write some stuff that I hope will remind you that all of the upheaval happening in our lives may just be a God thing. I think God may be using the stress and difficulty of this situation to help us re-think our priorities.
Jesus taught about that one time on a hillside and I’m going to take some time to think through the Beatitudes found in Matthew 5. Each of these short statements begins with the phrase “blessed are you when…” They are the pathway to “being under the spout where the blessing comes out.” But beware; they are the reverse of the way we who live in America have come to think things should be. I hope they will encourage your heart as we work through them together. See you soon…