The email landed in my inbox the other day. It was another invitation to attend a Zoom Meeting. This one looked really interesting, it was more than an opportunity to catch up with friends and colleagues. This invitation was to engage in a discussion about “What is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus.”
I suppose it caught my attention because, like many people, I am struggling to navigate my way through these uncharted waters. I am not laying the blame for coronavirus at God’s door but, I do want to make sense of the what, why and how of our current situation. I want to know the answer to the question, where do we go from here? My intention at this meeting was not to contribute but, to listen. I want – I need answers.
Being honest, if I was asked the question “what is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus”, my answer would be “I haven’t got a clue”. I feel, when it comes to this question, I have absolutely nothing to offer. I admire those ministers and Churches who have risen to the challenge of our current national situation and have created an online presence and are reaching untold numbers throughout the world.
I equally admire those Churches who, despite their limitations, have gone the extra mile in reaching out to their communities. They have shown incredible creativity and resource in doing what they can.
In the fellowship I am privileged to be part of, I am deeply grateful to those who have put together worship and helped us to keep in touch with one another, you are really helping us to;
Sing the Lords song in a strange land
(Psalm 137 vs. 4)
What is God saying to the Church through Coronavirus? Honestly, I don’t know.
I checked my diary, it is surprisingly empty these days. I discovered that the days the Zoom meetings were to take place on, I had appointments – typical!
It was during last night that I woke up and, in my frustration, I turned to God in prayer – in fact, I let God have it with both barrels!
I awoke this morning feeling so much better and also with a fresh insight. I cannot answer the question “what is God saying to the Church” because, it would take the Church to explore it. What I can do is share what God is saying to me through Coronavirus in the hope that may help spark discussion.
So, here is my intention. I intend, over the coming few blogs, to share some reflections on what, I believe, God is saying to me at this time. I hope it may inspire you to think about what God is saying to you and, together, we can discover what God is saying to the Church through Coronavirus.