Psalm 133:1Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

In wisdom, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the president, state governors, and others have strongly suggested, or in some cases ordered, Americans to stay indoors and practice social distancing.  A sense of community seems to be waning.

Even though there are many ways in which to take advantage of technology to stay in touch with one another, without hugs or handshakes, close personal interactions, the sense of being part of a whole is being lost.  No going out to eat together in large groups—or even small ones; no conferences around a big table at the office; even churches conducting services online, while the spread of the coronavirus continues.

It is time to be intentional about being connected, even if not physically. Those who are hunkered down with families can take advantage of deep conversations, games, and puzzles. Those home-schooling their children can use the time to install greater family values, taking the time to pray together. Even driving to the nursing home where elderly family or friends reside and holding up a hand-drawn message in their window can bring joy to someone feeling a great burden of loneliness.

It is time to look beyond yourself, the stockpiles in pantries and linen closets, and look to the needs of others. Be intentional when you engage others.  With God’s help, this could become a time of the nation coming together in a way not seen for decades. Remember that unifying actions happen one person at a time.   “Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind” (1 Peer 3:8).

Pray With Us

Dear Father, I’m embarrassed that so much of my focus these last weeks has been on me and my needs. I’ve looked very little to the needs of others—needs for a phone call, a note in the mail, an electronic message, and physical needs also. Give me a touch of Your heart for others. Shower me with compassion that I might pass it on to others. Let me be a light for Your Kingdom during these times. It excites me, Lord God, to see what You might do through me! I make myself available for You to use. I love you, Lord, and praise Your Name.


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