Sunday, 5 April 2020

of Singing and Unity In Midst of the Pandemic

With most non-essential public gathering places now closed due to the Corona Virus (COVID 19) pandemic, including institutional churches, I imagine Sunday mornings have become a bit strange for many Christians. Perhaps it is even more strange now with today being Palm Sunday and the Easter season once again upon us. Who would ever have imagined church buildings being closed during the most holy of seasons in the Christian calendar?

Having left the institutional church about 17-years ago, closed churches is not really an issue for me personally. I have long since discovered life as a child of King Jesus outside of institutional church walls. Still, this morning I am mindful of my brothers and sisters in the Lord for whom this is a strange anomaly. I am reminded too of what an elderly sister once said to me many years ago when a church we both attended was about to permanently close the doors. She looked at me and said, "Where shall we go?"

My purpose this morning is not to debate the pros and cons of the institutional church versus the non-institutional church. There is already plenty out there on that subject that one can read if so inclined, including on this blog. I know that without that normal Sunday routine, and especially now with Easter upon us, there may be some mixed emotions brewing for many. My purpose this morning is simply to pray for you, my brothers and sisters who would normally be on that institutional church pew today, that in the midst of her closed doors, God might bless you and give you His peace.

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." (Jesus; John 17: 20-23)

Prior to picking up my computer to write these words this morning, I found myself once again in my usual Quiet Place. As I was reading Scripture and meditating, with my faithful fur-baby lying by my feet, a classic hymn from yesteryear was suddenly on my lips:

"O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all the worlds Thy hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art! Then sings my soul, my Saviour God to Thee; how great Thou art, how great Thou art!"

So my dear friends, today as it seems that we hear nothing but the constant rolling thunder of the current global pandemic, I pray that our precious Lord might give you a song of praise on your lips and an oversized measure of peace in your heart. May your soul also break out in singing, How Great Thou Art, and somehow therein, find peace.

No matter what this crisis holds for us next, may you and I rest in the knowledge that none of this has escaped God's knowledge, and though we may not understand it, may we know that God is still very much in control.

"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn His face toward you
and give you peace."
(Numbers 6: 24-26)

Peace and Blessings my friends; God is still very, very good. 😊

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