New in a Time of COVID
New has a different meaning in this time of COVID. “New” was once perceived as exciting changes that shifted our lives with joy. “New” in a time of COVID brings challenges and a sense of being uncomfortable with the changes that have seemingly been forced upon us to accommodate the deadliness of this disease.
New ways of doing worship services. New ways of communicating with others. New ways of navigating daily life with social distancing and masks. The new things abound. And isn’t it maybe all in the way you look at things. Can it all be so bad?
Our God has a tendency to take what is impossible and make it possible. Our God has a way of taking what is weak and making it strong. Our God has a way of taking our mistakes and turning something good into the outcome despite our inability.
We have been challenged for a long time that the church is not the building and that we need to get out of our closed up spaces, embracing ministry in our communities. We have been forced in the last few months to be a church without the use of our buildings. Look what is happened.
We are reaching more people now by internet than we ever did before in our services held only in our buildings. We have people around the world listening to the messages being preached. We are hearing colleagues in ministry preach when we never had the opportunity before. Across the church, the finances are stronger as more people are committed in their giving.
We cannot go back to life as it was before. Surely we have learned a lesson that God has been trying to get us to see. There is a hurting world all around us that needs to hear our message of Good News. Doors have opened that we never would have known previously. Instead of going back (to Egypt), maybe we should focus instead on being the MORE that God has helped us BECOME. Maybe we will discover newer and more innovative ways to do what has been in our heart to do all along. Reach the World with the Love of Jesus.
Winning them to Jesus,
Gil Wise, District Superintendent
The Beacon District of the NC Conference
The United Methodist Church
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