Mar. 27, 2020

As we continue adjusting to “shelter in place” orders around the world, many have said they are finding their “new norm.” The Corona virus has and continues to suspend, cripple, and devastate lives and livelihood. Yet, I have seen people continue on, rise up, and find blessings in this crisis. In late February, as the pandemic had begun filtering to all parts of the world, we began Lent: the 40 days leading up to Jesus’ death and resurrection where we prepare our hearts by drawing nearer to God through sacrifice, deep reflection, and meaningful practices that invite His presence and transformation.

How has this time been for you? In times like these, I am hearing

that God has been nearer and more present to you, even in the unknowns. In response, many of you have been trying to be available, present, and listening to one another, just as Jesus did to those who were fearful, anxious, discouraged, sick, and broken. We’ve adjusted and adapted to connecting through Zoom conferences via internet, texts, phone, and face time calls. Many have been listening and are responding to the needs that have arisen for medical supplies, monetary help, food, and a friend or two, as we find our way through the unknown. In fact, our Wellspring family has gathered a team to sew face masks to distribute to health care teams in our community.

Is there something that God is putting on your heart as a way for you to help others? If so, let us know. We’d love to help vision, support and encourage you.

Conversely and unfortunately, there are some who choose distance, discouragement, and damage during this time. It makes me sad and angry when I hear about people who are hurting people during this time: racial comments and labels against blaming the Chinese or even tourists that they are responsible for spreading the virus; hoarding food and supplies in excess where many others cannot even find daily essentials; price gouging to profit financially at the expense of others; and indifference by denying or refusing to believe that social distancing and sheltering in place will make a difference in slowing the spread of C-19.

We are called to be an example and a voice against these unhelpful and destructive ways. Colossians 3:12 reminds us, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” While many of us are doing this already, I am reminded that there is still a need for us to continue responsibly reaching people who have yet to know Jesus and His example of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience”. You are called to be this to one another. You can do this. You already are. You make a beautiful difference. Covid-19 didn’t change our call to be Christ’s light. It made God’s call more imperative than ever.

Love you and am so grateful for you,

Pastor Cheryl

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