As I’ve been praying and reflecting upon the unprecedented times of change to our lives due to COVID - 19, this verse continues to come to mind. It serves to remind me that there have always been, and will always be, challenges to meet and encourage one another in the Faith in this and every age. After all, the tactics of our enemy, the devil, are never new. When we become isolated it is much easier to get lost in fear, sin, or our own devices and desires.
When disconnected from God and His Church it is much harder to stand against the world, the flesh and the devil (which we turn from in our baptismal vows - see page 164 in the 2019 Book of Common Prayer). In such times, when we battle alone, it is easy to get lost and feel defeated. While precautions are needed for our health and that of others, spiritual precautions are likewise needed for our soul’s health as well.
While social distancing is needed for our physical health, spiritual distancing is detrimental to our spiritual health. We need to be vigilant to remain connected in creative ways in this disruption to our corporate life as the Church. In fact, in doing so, we may thrive in these days by building in more robust patterns and forging deeper relationships with those in our homes and church in the midst of the extra time we now have in our calendars.
In the absence of a daily commute, perhaps we can gather with those in our home to pray together and work through the Daily Office (https://www.dailyoffice2019.com). Maybe with less afternoon and evening activities we can work through a Bible Study or meet virtually with our small group (consider this great series - https://www.amazon.com/Community-Bible-Study/e/B00994N0GE). We can call, pray through the church directory, and reach out to those in our small groups as we check in on one another for not only physical needs, but prayer requests and for the health of one’s soul.
We are working on creative and innovative ways to remain connected to you. You have heard about some, and will hear more about others as we get them going. We will remain here for you and your family to spur you on, not neglecting to meet together as we see the Day drawing near.