We Have an Opportunity Here
Like many of you, I have been following the Moravian Daily Texts Devotional each day. The lessons and prayers from this little book have been remarkably timely in the last few months, and they have spoken to me in the middle of difficult and unprecedented times.
On the day we officially announce that in-person will return on June 14th, today’s second verse from the Daily Texts says, “Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other.” (1 Corinthians 10:24) A verse like this is always timely, but it is especially significant as we prepare to gather together at 200 Dodge St. to worship God and have fellowship with one another.
There are many protocols that we’ll be following as we gather and it might be a disorienting or confusing situation. It will certainly feel different and even weird no matter what else it is like. There might be specific protocols you aren’t a fan of, and I totally understand that. At the same time, all of these decisions have been made to keep as many people safe as possible. I believe we all can let Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians to guide us in the days ahead. We can ask “How can I help?” rather than “What do I get?”
Also, disorienting as they might be, the coming weeks offer us an amazing opportunity to grow as a congregation and as individuals. When we face new challenges with hearts for each other, with flexible and generous attitudes, and even a touch of humor and good cheer we can come out the other end of challenging even stronger and more faithful than before. I’ve seen you all face adversity before, and I know we can all do it again. With God’s help and the Holy Spirit’s presence, we will come out even stronger than before.