from our Congregational Care Team
Need prayer, a conversation, or someone to run to the grocery store for you? Even though our offices are closed, you can reach one of our pastors by calling (650) 342-0875, Option 3 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
It’s goes against every ounce in my body to accept that the most loving thing I can do right now is to stay away from my neighbors. God created us to live in community with others. Being in Christian community is a spiritual practice; it’s vital for our wellbeing. So, it’s easy to feel estranged and isolated as we shelter in place, especially for those of us who have suddenly lost church or our workplaces as a primary source of community. One of the most effective ways to alleviate loneliness is to reach out to God or others. Let me offer some ways to connect this week (at a distance, of course):
- Pray. I’ve set the alarm on my phone for noon each day. Join me in praying for others at this time.
- Breathe. Sit quietly with your eyes closed. With each exhale, remember Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.”
- Call someone who you think might be lonely. Better yet, FaceTime with them so you can see their face.
- Stay in touch. Create a group text or group email with your family or friends just to stay in contact. Send silly memes or kind words of encouragement.
- Turn off the news. Ask how this might become a time of extended Sabbath rest for you.
- Go outside. Offer words of gratitude to God. It’s spring. Everyday something new is popping out of the ground or blooming. The pear tree in my backyard has been dropping so many petals it looks like it’s snowing.
- Wash your hands and sing the Doxology.
- Pay it forward. Whose services would you have used this week (hair stylist, local restaurant, dog walker) who might be hardest hit by the loss of business? Pay them anyway or purchase a gift card.
God is faithful, even now.
Want to connect regularly with others? We are exploring ways to form small groups who can get together once a week via video conference for a Bible reading, prayer, and conversation. More to come as we sort through the logistics. Eat, Pray, Love can become Explore, Pray, Listen.