Dear Church Family,
Things I miss during COVID-19: well, first of all, 12 little people – my grandkids. But I’m going to put all people in one category – family, friends, church family. For sure, it’s interaction with those I love that I miss the most.
I miss books too. I’m grateful for the library app on my phone, and for the commentaries on my computer, but yesterday someone referred to a book of poems, that I’m pretty sure it’s on my shelf at church. And to just hold a real book in my hands, I miss that.
And then there’s the list of things that I only do occasionally – eating out, going to a movie, a trip to Florida, shopping. But I wonder if I miss those things mostly because I know I can’t do them right now.
The apostle Paul says that he had “learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). That’s an impressive statement. We can strive for that contentment. But read a bit further, and you’ll see that Paul is not talking about sitting on our hands and waiting for this to pass. He goes on to say this: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”
And this is God’s encouragement and promise, from Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified… for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”