On Wednesdays, since we were encouraged to stay home last spring, I have taken time to do a Facebook Live event on “inspirations” for those who might need to hear the word…or just words of encouragement that are as genuine as I can make them…and taking my inspiration from the Word of God.
I have discovered over the past 9 months or so, that it is not only those who tune-in each week that get filled with God’s word or my encouragement, but it is also myself who benefits — and I am so grateful.
I have shared with my congregation and others, that it is okay not to be okay — and that God takes us at our worst to make us His best. And even as a pastor, I need to know that it is okay for me too.
This past year has been one very distressing and impossible year to have joy in daily life. It has taken herculean strength and effort to keep positive in the many ways I need to be for my family, my church family, and those who have come to me for guidance and help.
This has been a year of major challenges on how to do my job while trying to keep my congregation informed and participating in worship service, meetings, and other events we did when life was pre-pandemic.
So many things celebrations and services have been lost because gatherings were not advisable.
What I have discovered is that there are ways to gather and enjoy the company of others if you have Wi-Fi and a device to join with one platform or another.
Unfortunately, we have become a society of hermits who interact on electronic devices and cameras. I hope that once we come together again that we are not afraid to do so.
I shared a prayer this past Wednesday about unity. About becoming humble in our lives and understand that we are all different and that is because God made us that way. We do not have to right all of the time, and it is okay to listen to another person and their ideas and opinions.
The prayer mentioned this, “to show us how to celebrate our difference…appreciate those differences, teach [us] how to fit them together to accomplish a oneness that glorifies [God].” Because once we can do that, the author mentions that we can experience the true unity that God designed just for us to share and enjoy.
Later Wednesday, during the inauguration speeches and celebrations, unity, love, togetherness, and faith was mentioned numerous times.
It is time for all of us to remember why we were made in His image, and that there is more about us that makes us the same, than what separates us.
The scripture that comes to mind is Galatians 3: 26-28 which reads:
26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
We are the same where it counts if we stop and believe.