For many in our nation, the fact that we can get back to Church means nothing, after all they have been able to get back to their important places for a while now, cafes, bars, takeaways and hairdressers to name a few.
And we have been 'doing Church' quite well during lock down haven't we? With online sermons, worship and devotions, pastoral care, zoom meetings for Elders, Quest and Bravo to name a few, delivery of meals and food parcels, not to mention praying for each other. The list goes on. And I know that many of you have done your share of phone calls, texts and emails etc to keep an eye out for each other and to keep connected. Let's give ourselves a pat on the back as well as a big shout out to our techno people for making it happen as well as the tireless work that our Pastors and staff have put in.
But being able to get together again is something we've been hanging out for. After all our God created us for fellowship with Him in the first place and with each other. Worshiping together gives us a weekly dose of 'each other' , like a weekly vaccination to build us up, to keep us strong and safe and connected. While it is said that "sitting in a church doesn't make you a christian, any more than sitting in a hen house makes you a chicken, or sitting in a garage makes you a car", being a part of a strong, loving, caring church family makes us better people, more able to live out our faith. It's the reason I belong, YOU, are the reason I belong. I want to be a part of your life as I want you to be a part of mine. My life is richer for having you in it. Being a part of a church family is a very precious thing, to have people to celebrate lifes triumphs but more especially for support when it's tough and to mourn when it ends.
So as we get back together this Sunday and beyond, let me encourage you to to continue to meet together to support and uplift and encourage. Let us be grateful that God has bought us through a tough time and brought us back together again as a family, as a church and as a nation.
Let our joy at being together again be infectious, whoops, lol, perhaps not the best choice of words at the moment, but let us pray that people around the nation will see the joy of Gods people as we show our faces and show that our places of worship are open again.
Let us be grateful and show it, let us be people who can look faithfully to God no matter what's ahead, be it financially, economically, medically or politically. Let us be a church that can reach out to those around us and show Gods' love as I know the food parcels have been doing at Carisbrook School.
If you can remember back to the first lockdown devotion I posted about the monarch butterfly, lets not be a dud slug-in-a-rug but as we emerge from the chrysalis of lockdown, let us spread our butterfly wings to be all God has called us to be.
Lots of love,