This has been such a disorienting year for us as individuals and as a church. The other day I saw one of those inspirational images on social media that really spoke to me. It said,
Perhaps it was the day or the time or what I was going through at that particular moment but it was a good reminder that although things have drastically changed in our lives, we still have the opportunity to be the church. We are the people of God empowered for the work of his kingdom and no pandemic can keep us from that mission.
And, yes, our worship looks different, our lifestyles have changed, our social connections have gotten smaller, and I would say even our spiritual life has been disrupted. But the truth of the matter is that the lowercase “c” church has not changed for we are the church.
Let me encourage you to get beyond your comfort zone or your fears and practice being a neighbor instead. Today you can pour into someone you know who could really be blessed by the help, phone call, note, or conversation. Now is the time to step up, and it is certainly the time to step in.
To quote from C. S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters: “but it is His (the Lord’s) long-term policy, I fear, to restore to them a new kind of self-love—a charity and gratitude for all selves, including their own; when they have really learned to love their neighbors as themselves, they will be allowed to love themselves as their neighbors.”
Go and be the church to someone who needs to be loved by their neighbor!