It looks like the fight against Coronavirus will continue at least through the end of April. Is it frustrating to have to stay at home? Yes, it sure is. Nevertheless, it’s a comfort to know that our collective sacrifice is making a difference. Can you imagine how many lives might have been lost here in the F-M area if we hadn’t started practicing social distancing when we did?

One of the challenges for me during this time is not being able to attend church in person. Those of us who were raised in church since childhood feel like something is just not right if we’re not in church on Sunday mornings. Do you feel the same way? Fortunately, many area churches can stream their Sunday service online or do a Facebook Live service. That’s a wonderful way to receive spiritual input even though we can’t meet, which is even more important now during this Holy Week.

In another sense, this experience is reminding us that the church is not a building. The church is us. We can take the presence of God with us everywhere we go. We can be the church in our homes by treating one another with love, respect, and patience. We can be the church when we’re out by thanking the clerks at the grocery store and the drive thru, and by showing our gratitude to all healthcare workers. Also, checking on older folks and keeping in contact with friends is good for both them and you.

Kindness, empathy, and thoughtfulness, yes, we can all be the church right now as we radiate the love of Jesus every day in every circumstance. “They will know we are Christians by our love” says the old song and can change a frustrating and boring month into a time of ministry and outreach.

Blessings as you live out your faith this month!

Yours in Christ,

Doug Smith
Life 97.9 Station Manager

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