I am really feeling the isolation. I thought nice weather would help. Now, I grab the shopping carts that have been outside and exposed to the sun’s UV rays. The other difference nice weather brings - I walk the dog more. Tonka is exhausted! My legs ache. I long to see people and to sit and chat around a table - any table - in a house, a park, a restaurant…
There is a lot of talk about reopening and phases and questions about whether or not we should move on the Governor’s schedule, or throw open the doors for any who are willing to come. I am reminded of that time when some friends of mine were among the first to be tested in Saratoga county - not too long after we had spent the day with them (Saturday) and the following day (Sunday) I had hugged or shaken the hand of EVERYONE in the building. Some ask if we are letting fear rule our lives. My answer is - it already has and I never want to repeat that! While that family tested negative, I personally know of 3 cases (1 fatality) in our neighborhoods from 3 different families and 3 different neighborhoods: a teenager and 2 dads. Sometimes we can think that it isn’t real if we don’t know someone who has it (locally) or maybe it is real but hasn’t really reached this area. This virus is in this area.
I have made about 150 masks (I still have a supply if you are in need), I have been shopping for others (call, e-mail, or messenger me on FB if you would like assistance) and I have been making drop offs at City Mission and Street Soldiers of Schenectady. These are the ways that I am trying to find a way to contribute help to communities in crisis. In terms of church life - I have joined Facebook (reluctantly), I have learned to video messages and upload them and send them for web posting (still don’t know how to post audio only), and I have participated in a few video meetings with the District and local clergy. I am planning to learn how to host a video meeting. I have found that more people connect to Alplaus electronically than when we were only doing physical gatherings! Does that mean that Facebook posting should continue? I don’t know. I do know that I have encountered new folks via Facebook and I look forward to meeting them in person when we are able!
This message is a long way of saying - while I miss everyone, I understand the need to protect others. I long to gather in person for worship and I celebrate the extended reach of our worship through the internet. I have no special knowledge about this virus or what the future will bring, but I also know that I can find a faithful way to contribute to whatever comes our way. I know that while I am feeling the isolation like a weight around my neck, the love of Christ fills (and warms) my heart and motivates me to know that we are each an important part of the body.