The question of bread for myself is a material question, but the question of bread for my neighbor is a spiritual question.”Nikolai Berdyaev
We have all learned by now that this physical distancing stuff is going to take awhile. I hope that as difficult as it might be that we all find things to be thankful for in the midst of it.
We were contacted by the folks from Caring for Friends. Their food supply was getting low. This morning a few individuals not living in retirement communities where the restrictions are a bit tighter, gathered; we kept our distance and were able to put together 100 meals.
I have been thinking a lot about the medical staff and all that they are doing but also about grocery cashiers. They too are on the front lines. And then I found this comment from “Of Human Hands.”
Cashiering in a supermarket may not seem like a very rewarding position to most. But to me it is. You see, I feel that my job consists of a lot more than ringing up orders, taking people’s money, and bagging their groceries. The most important part of my job is not the obvious. Rather it’s the manner in which I present myself to others that will determine whether my customers will leave the store feeling better or worse because of their brief encounter with me. For by doing my job well I know I have a chance to do God’s work too. Because of this, I try to make each of my customers feel special. While I’m serving them, they become the most important people in my life.Maxine F. Dennis
This evening our council will conduct its monthly meeting by teleconference using “Zoom.” I wanted you to know that even though we are practicing physical distancing to the best of our ability the work of servanthood in the name of Jesus has not been forgotten at Resurrection. Ministry continues!
Let us pray: Hear O God the silent prayers and those the world seems to be shouting. Guide and give courage to all leaders at every level during this pandemic that they enforce all public health regulations for the welfare of all. May individual citizens understand that although it may be inconvenient it is about saving lives. We pray for healing for the sick, strength for the elderly and most vulnerable, and general protection for all that the spread of this virus may be stopped. Be with those who are especially alone and isolated and those who feel anxious and afraid. May we trust in you and your great compassion and the promise to be with us always. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Please remember to send a note or give a call to those who are alone and could use a friendly reminder that they are not alone and that you are holding them in prayer. Please be assured that I am praying for you all and that I do miss you!