The world is in panic mode. Toilet paper, cleaners, sanitizer, milk, eggs, meat, and much more are being horded. People are told to stay home, but if you must go out, to keep at least 6 feet away from other people. If you are an extreme introvert like my wife, the stay-at-home orders bring you a sense of comfort, but if you are not, then you probably feel like you are going to lose your mind. That would be me. I am one who feeds off human interaction.

As we begin to come out of this pandemic, there are some good and not-so-good things that will have come from this. Let’s focus on the good for a moment.

I saw hope in this crisis – hope found in God. We found that the churches we serve are strong and have adjusted quickly to the new normal. Churches that had never recorded their church services were quick to adjust and provide an online presence that their members and community could experience from their homes. We heard stories of churches having more views of their online service than they had people attending before the crisis. This means new people who were not attending church are watching because they are searching for answers. They are looking for a light in the darkness. The technology that we have come to depend upon in our daily lives is driving fear into the hearts of people everywhere, but it is also serving as a tool to share God’s Word.

Churches are also reaching out and impacting their communities more than ever. They are going beyond their walls and serving just as Jesus did.  One church, finding itself with hundreds of rolls of toilet paper that would go unused during the lockdown, delivered them to a few hundred of their neighbors. We hear stories of churches helping members of their community who are in financial trouble by purchasing groceries and delivering them to their homes. We see churches preparing meals and delivering them to the homeless because shelters and food pantries are facing shortages. We also see churches creating face masks for the first responders and frontline workers. Churches are making supply trips for the elderly and those considered higher risk, so that they do not have to risk going out. These are just a few of the stories we have heard, but we know there are many more.

In these churches, selfless disciples risk being exposed in an effort to bless their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ by filling a need. Thank you to all who have allowed God’s light to shine through them.

Is your church doing something to fill a need? Let us hear about it so that it can serve as an encouragement to others during a time when many are living in darkness. We are living in a time when the world is shaken and living in fear, but hope is “built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on his unchanging grace.” Let’s stand on “Christ the solid Rock”.

Mark Etting

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