John 14:25 “I have said these things to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Advocate,[i] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
It is some anxious times, we are faced with a situation our society hasn't had to face in a long time. Self quarantine, people panic buying, and isolation. These are scary things. Today I had to go to the grocery store and the employees are working hard to get shelf's stocked, people were pushing carts around looking for items they need. People were staying a distant away but I did see people greeting others and chatting a moment. Now normally people are in a hurry, grab my stuff and get out, but it seems they are now making eye contact and seeing the human who is 10 feet away. "Peace I leave with you".
Some, not everyone but some people are slowing down and that a good thing. We have been given a time out. Yes most of us still have to go to work but the extra stuff like kids sports and such have been put on hold. The crazy schedule we always complain about is now temporarily put on hold. This is a time for us to reflect, read a book, play games with the family, catch up with our teenagers.
Jesus said he would give not as the world gives, Jesus has different ideas. We are given the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit brings peace not like this world gives but in love. We are in this journey together, we may have to spread out a bit but we can still be kind to each other, we can still say hi and chat a minute.
Take this time and reflect and remember we are God's Children and share the peace, just at a little distance.
We are entering into the digital ministry quicker than we thought. With everything going on in our world we are growing fast. This video is the first among many. Let me know what you think. Copy and paste the link below.
Sunday March 8th at 6 PM at Gilman Lutheran Church.