“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Hmm. . .how do we “not give up meeting together” when we are ordered by the government to limit gatherings to less than ten people during this Covid-19 crisis?
Last Sunday, our church was closed for the first time since the crisis started. We invited my in-laws and a family of three over for breakfast and an online viewing of the church service. It was fun to host church at home, but this week, our gathering may be even smaller. With the push toward social distancing, as much as we would like to, we will probably not be inviting non-family into the house.
How do we meet when we can’t meet?
Maybe for now, the answer is to simply reach out to each other. Phone calls, emails, texts. We may not be able to physically gather, but we can do the other things those verses encourage us to do:
- Hold unswervingly to the hope we profess
- Consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds
- Encourage one another
And don’t you just love that word “unswervingly?” While the news feeds threaten to paralyze us with fear and suffocate us with dire statistics, Scripture admonishes us to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess.”
It reminds me of learning to ride a bike. You hold the handles but not tightly enough at first and the bike swerves way to the left and then way to the right. You’re all over the road. You’re crashing into trash cans, falling down. Then you figure out you have to grasp the handles more tightly, with more intention. After all, they direct your path. You right the handlebars, use the strength in your core to balance, and finally you travel in a straight line. You just needed to hold on tight and not swerve.
I think I’ll add that to my list of best practices for such a time as this.