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A good word from Pastor Anthony, “Observations from a Middle-Georgia Pastorate: Operation Re-Evaluate.”

In times of trouble I’m all about counting our blessings, re-evaluating,  and repentance. Repentance in the best sense of the word, as in Okay Lord, so what wisdom do you want me to glean from this experience?

I’m laughing here, the quarantine hit hubby and I and it was like, social distancing has become such a way of life anyway, that not much is going to change for us. Ha! That’s a terrible truth. Hubby and I really need to get a life!

In fact, one thing that presses on me in this area we live in is that there is way too much social distancing going on. Now obviously at the moment we’re trying to protect everyone  from a virus, but I mean in general as a way of life! I kid you not, families are feuding, people don’t know their neighbors, many are suspicious of one another, and divisions are rampant. It affects our churches, too.

So my hope is that we begin to learn the value of community,  that we come to appreciate one another more,  that we actually make attending church a priority in our lives. Maybe you don’t really “need” the church, but the church sure needs you! This is the second most secular county in the nation, so as far as I am concerned, it is all hands on deck for every Christian.

So Anthony says, “Frankly, this pandemic is going to open the eyes of a lot of people and make them ask the question: “Why do I even go to church?”

I’d like to tell you I go to church because the Bible calls us to, which it does, it says in Hebrews, “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

But the real reason is because I’ve seen wolves hunt. It was awesome, it was beautiful and horrible at the same time, and it is forever burned into my brain. They work together, they pick out the weak, the sick, the young, and they herd them, they separate, divide, control, and then they go in for the kill. If you ever get to watch sheep dogs herd sheep, that’s pretty cool, too! They cluster all the sheep into bunch and no predator wants to risk being trampled to death.

Everybody needs a family, some wingmen, cheerleaders, to be part of a community, a  herd, a  team.  We can become dysfunctional in community, but we heal in community too. So, we can all practice our social distancing right now, for the time being, I am just saying at the root of most things that ail us as a society is separation and disconnection from both God and one another.


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