Thought for the Day: This passage speaks to our current situation. Right now, we are not meeting together for the safety of individuals and to hopefully curb the number of COVID cases. There are lots of joke as people talk about watching worship at the kitchen table in their pajamas. I have told many folks that our first Sunday back together that I plan to preach in my pajamas. Habits are formed rather quickly, and sometimes out of necessity. But as we read in Hebrews, our current habit of worshiping from home needs to have with it a sign that reads: Temporary. I am thankful for technology that allows us to gather around a common message each week, but it definitely is not what most of us want or need from community. Encouragement is best expressed when someone comes alongside another human being. I have watched some encouraging message on my computer. I have received emails and other notes of encouragement that I treasure. But at the end of the day, there is nothing like the encouragement found when those who love God and love neighbor come together for worship, fellowship and service.
Prayer: By the power of your Spirit, Lord, keep us bound together for the work of encouragement that fosters hope and sanctifies your beloved community. In the short term, let us think creatively in how we encourage, while also looking to that day when we will uplift one another as we sing and pray side by side. Amen.
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