Social Distancing or Public Unity

COVID 19. The 2020 buzzword. Its flooding the newsrooms. Our Facebook and Instagram pages. The grocery store checkout lines.

Within the chaos its also undoubtedly causing something else. Face to face conversation.

On March 15th, my birthday and the day that would come to be known as the day that all Ohio restaurants close – I sat at the bar with my fiancé and a peach bellini – somewhat oblivious to our vacated surroundings .

The TVs were dark. A woman sat down next to us, and then another. We were no longer having a drink together but with friends. Conversation lasted between us all for an hour before it came to an end.

Restaurants closed and we found ourselves at the dining room table surrounded by family. Looking down at a puzzle… something that rarely happens unless there is two feet of snow on the ground.

Family are calling. Neighbors are checking in on each other.

Events are being cancelled. The trip that you and your family longed for. Saved for. Is being cancelled.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding – Proverbs 3:5

Church services or events are decreasing in number or being canceled.

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them – Matthew 18:20

As the nostalgic soul that I am and in the words of Carrie Bradshaw ‘I couldn’t help but wonder’, could good come from this? Would this fear and chaos of disease inspire us to care for one another? Distance is not the same as isolation and God is ever-present. Im not sure if im the only one who still writes letters but grab a pen and …

“spur one another 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

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