This time of isolation has been hard for many of us, especially those of us who live alone. It is hard to face only oneself, day in and day out, and we're tired. Those walks around the block help, but now more and more people are flooding the out-of-doors, and it's becoming more risky to be out. Phone calls, emails, and social media help, but one wearies of all the screen time too. Some days feel like we're making our way through a social desert.
This past Sunday, after working with texts from John 10 and Acts 2, I was reminded of the ways Jesus taught us to grow in our faith, ways that the early church used and also grew! I came to realize that "covid time" is not a wilderness to struggle through, but it can be wilderness time. Wilderness time is a time to regroup, pray, listen, be quiet, study, and allow God to nourish us and help us grow spiritually.
So "covid time" can be Retreat time. It can be a time spent with God, listening for God's voice in scripture and in prayer, breaking bread together, whether virtually with family or friends, or by sharing a porch drop-off meal with a neighbor. In these ways, we acknowledge God's presence with us in all things, and proclaim God's goodness. It's an opportunity to invite others "in" to share our wilderness journey, and to grow together in God's goodness and in faith.
I'm a wife, mom, pastor, human...probably not in that order. I struggle each day to be faithful to God, to my family and to my call as a Christian and all of those previously-mentioned roles. I pray to be positive, kind and thoughtful, but tend to fall short on all counts. I am inspired by sunrises and enjoy taking pictures (mostly my kids, deer in the yard and sunrises). I waste time playing stupid computer games and wishing I'd been better at all of the aforementioned roles. ;-)