And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV
A simple fact of life, we all crave relationships. Our innermost being, our very DNA, is coded for fellowship. When times are good, we laugh together, and when they are tough, we encourage and pray for each other. With the love of Christ, we motivate one another to become the people God desires us to be.
One of the tragic things about the time of COVID-19 is the isolation forced on us. It has hindered us from that relationship that God has intended for humankind. Granted, we have used technology to retain a semblance of connection, but it is not the same. We have denied the needed human contact of meeting together.
All is not doom and gloom; in Christ, there is always hope. This pandemic won't last forever, and we will be able to meet in person once again. We look forward to that day with great anticipation. However, In this time, more than ever, we need to encourage each other. There are plenty of good deeds to do still; telephone calls to make, letters and emails to write, and prayers to say -- and yes, even Zoom calls.
Father God, we give you thanks for the love you show us. In Jesus, you gave us the example of how we are to love and care for each other. We confess this pandemic time has been a struggle for us. We crave the completeness of relationships found in personal contact. We have not been able to hold the hands of loved ones, visit as we’d like, and grieve as we would. We look forward to the day when we can once again meet in person. This time has provided us with the unique privilege and opportunity to encourage one another in new and different ways. Please help us as we reach out to say the right thing, to do the right thing, for our brothers and sisters. In Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.