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LESSONS LEARNED FROM LOCKDOWN

1. ALEXA IS NOT COMPANIONSHIP ENOUGH
In a world swamped by entertainment options and superficial distractions we have now all been reminded of the value of our true Friends. Life is a journey best undertaken with others.

2. ZOOM IS NOT CHURCH ENOUGH
Yes, I’m thankful for ZOOM and FACEBOOK and YOUTUBE but they are still no substitute for worshipping God in community. We all long for the smiles, hugs, warm handshakes, Styrofoam cups of coffee, crescendo of voices in praise, “and all God’s people say ‘AMEN’”.
We are making the best of this Season of life. Just imagine how we will all appreciate our beloved congregation when this Season of distance becomes the Season of Family reunions.

3. CONTROL IS A DELUSION
Teresa and I have cancelled an Alaskan cruise, our annual family vacation to Florida and hundreds of lesser plans. 2020 has stripped us of the illusion of planning and control, reminding us of Who truly is in control.

4. GARAGE SALES ARE COMING
Time in quarantine has driven us to spring clean and purge our stuff. The freedom from stuff allows us to focus on what is Real.

5. LIFE IS A GIFT
The apostle Paul spoke of all people as “earthen vessels” (2 Cor.4:7), not some as silver goblets. The human race is the only race in town. This global crisis teaches us our connectivity to all, not just to folks just like us. We have met neighbors that we have lived beside for 6 years yet barely acknowledged. We have recommitted ourselves to be that “healing presence in the heart of the City” beginning with our own block but with long arms that extend to the aged, diverse races and lifestyles, the ill, the child, the “alien and stranger”.

Could it be that God, “being rich in mercy” has taken us into a schoolroom in which we could not have learned these lessons in any other way?

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