It’s such an odd time right now.
It’s been months since I last stepped inside our church filled with a congregation and it’s mind boggling that this has all been happening within a span of seven months and counting. Out of the building, back in the building with limited capacity, back out of the building and now hosting outdoor services. Add the recent Creek Fires on top of that and it’s a story waiting to be turned into a motion picture.
But this is our current reality. We as the church have been adapting and jumping over obstacles left and right to do what is important in or out of a building, sharing the gospel and pointing people’s affections to Christ. Whether it’s playing outside, setting up a livestream feed, making sure everyone stays safe and sanitized, we’ve been champs in it all.
For me personally, it’s been a lot of time at home renovating different areas and working on projects. Some time away from guitar has been actually very healthy. I’ve been able to focus on being present in my home, being a better husband, a better friend/neighbor and I’ve also found a passion for coffee and homebrewing like never before.
I’ve been able to participate in a handful of online gatherings and recently had my chance to join in on an outside gathering and let me tell you, it was a lot of work. Hauling gear back and forth, setting up and tearing down in the midst of awful weather.
But nonetheless, I’m encouraged by seeing the church come together and making it happen. Serving and changing the tide of what church looks like to accommodate those who aren’t quite comfortable congregating yet and making gatherings accessible to those watching at home and welcoming those who attend outside gatherings safely and with necessary precautions. It puts hope in my heart when we come together to move mountains out of the way to allow God to move.
Keep pushing through. There is no distance between us and the Lord. We are advancing His kingdom and we’re going to be alright.
“Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” -Psalm 133:1 ESV