Let’s do what it takes to stay engaged! We can’t afford to lose one another…

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another… – Hebrews 10

Today – Sunday June 27 – I want to highlight my biggest concern when it comes to this COVID-19 isolation from other people, this absolute bummer of a situation. I am worried that some of us will lose each other.

First, let me be clear, I respect and will absolutely follow the guidelines set out by the governor’s office. Because the task of rebuilding the economy, getting kids back in school, and coming together again as the church – this is compromised, not facilitated, when our impatience leads to recklessness and increased incidents of infection.

Losing touch:

At the same time, I know there are people who are drifting away from one another. At our church – WFPC – we are doing an amazingly effective job when it comes to keeping in touch and keeping our momentum going. Yet it is not enough. The burden is on people to do their best to stay engaged, but some are simply not there, not yet at the point in their journey where they can continue to grow spiritually without the community literally surrounding them.

And my heart aches for them.

Missing the grandkids:

Then there are our grandchildren. We haven’t seen them in person since February! Someone on Facebook responded to a post about America’s off-the-charts COVID fatality numbers recently by saying “When it’s your time it’s your time” and “My life has changed little…”

Well good for you! But to be clear, for 125,000 Americans to date, it really wasn’t “their time,” fatalism is never a good excuse for sticking our heads in the sand, and other people have absolutely seen their lives change so very much.

“My life” has changed not little but a lot. “My life” misses the grandchildren in Miami; we canceled plans for Rebekah to visit our youngest grandson in Germany; plus our much needed vacation has been scuttled. Then, I miss my church family so much that it hurts.

And because of that my heart aches.

Up your connection game right now and “show up” for church!

All this is by way of preamble to say the following: Rather than complain about the restrictions, and rather than waiting around for “things to return to normal,” make the decision to up your game when it comes to connecting in the ways that are possible and now.

Show up for worship at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church at 10:00. Join a Zoom Bible class. Listen to and comment on Rebekah’s daily video-devotions. Here are the ways you can do it:

  1. For worship: Go to the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Facebook page, or visit www.WakeForestPres.org.
  2. For Rebekah’s daily devotions: Go to the Church Facebook Page and check the videos.
  3. For a discipleship class: Check out the webpage at www.WakeForestPres.org

We will get through this. But don’t sit around and wait for your spiritual life! Get it on track now, and invite the Spirit of God to be your partner in your unique journey forward. None of us has to do this alone.

I will “see” you at worship online – DEREK

Here are some images of virtual worship at WFPC over the past few weeks:

 

 

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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