Distanced Socializing Devotional- 6
Our Monday devotional is provided by Marie Krohn, a member of Christ UMC.
Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Reflection When I discovered Pastor Richard’s daily devotion in my e-mail, I felt a surprising sense of relief. Why was I surprised? Perhaps because I always begin my day reading passages from the Upper Room or Daily Word, but these devotions never surprise me.
The church, my church, hasn’t forgotten me. This is a time when it’s easy to feel forgotten. I live in an apartment complex with only my dog, Dora, for company. We residents no longer visit with one another when walking our dogs, or picking up our mail. We’re prevented from stopping in the office to greet the manager on duty because the door to the office is locked, and we’ve been instructed to pay our rent online. (I worry about those residents who don’t have computers or are intimidated by technology.)
CUMC continued to surprise me when the leader of Rachel Circle assigned members another member to call since we could no longer meet together. I enjoyed a long conversation with the person I talked to, and we both learned things about each other that we would never have discovered in a group meeting.
News reports also feature stories of people helping other people, nationwide. It’s reassuring to hear about positive actions and events in others’ lives, and it reminds us to look for hopeful signs in daily living and know that God has not forgotten us.
Prayer Lord, Thank you for granting us comfort during this stressful time through the acts and words of kindness from friends, family and often times, even strangers. We pray for your continued guidance through the coming days. Amen
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS If you’d like to submit a devotional to this series, just as Marie Krohn did for today, please know that all devotionals are welcome. If you have a devotional—or, would like to write one—please contact Richard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in safe volunteering to help during the coronavirus by running errands, such as going to grocery story, the pharmacy, or the post office for church members who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, then please send us an email at ChristUMCHelps@gmail.com. Please give us your name and time availability. We will keep a list and let you know how you can help.