Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Coming Together Without Coming Apart

Hebrews 10:24-25

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

These are certainly unusual times, and this pandemic has affected us in so many ways. As I sat to write this, I started to enumerate the problems it has caused, but why? You know the extent of the problems. After a while, it becomes overwhelming. That isn't why I decided to resurrect this blog. Internetspirations has always been about encouraging people, and so I am writing now to do just that.

I know it is hard living within the same rooms day after day, some of us alone and without company. We feel disjointed, sometimes feeling that we are coming apart at the seams. But I have good news for you: God has you right in His hand, and His love for you is genuine. Centuries ago He gave us assurance of His love, breaking down the walls of isolation. He cares about each of us, individually, and He stands at your side even during lonely times.

Hebrews 10 talks about "not giving up meeting together," but in the midst of an event where we can't meet, it is important that we tap into other ways to keep in touch with each other. Back in the Apostle Paul's day, he could not have possibly imagined the resources we have today. With Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Facetime and all the other popular social media tools, we can still "meet together" without actually being in the same place. And we can still reach out by telephone to those less than savvy with computer skills. To that end, Paul's encouragement to spur one another toward love and good deeds is still great advice today; perhaps more than ever.

So, for today, take a moment to think about those you know who are isolated and living alone. Give them a call or send a text just to check in with them. Share a memory or a laugh with them if you can. Post a photo of you with them, and tag them with a message about how you are looking forward to that approaching day when you can get together again. If for no other reason, just let them know you are thinking of them.

In this way, you can minister powerfully to friends and family. You will become the presence of love, just as Christ loves us. Demonstrating your love and concern goes a long way in boosting the morale of others. Encourage them, talk with them, listen to them, and be compassionate. In so doing, you will encourage one another, and we will come together, instead of coming apart.

Minister to others, and you will find your spirits lifted as well.

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