I’ve been thinking a lot lately. About those who are suffering because of lack of connection. Face-to-face is the connection I’m talking about.
Not zoom time. That’s great that we have it, but that’s not what I’m talking about. It’s hugs and kisses and sitting down sharing meals with people outside our households. It’s walking together in neighborhoods and on trails out in God’s beautiful creation.
But because of covid, we were discouraged from doing that. So, reading creative posts on how to have fellowship time in yards or parks and still keep social distancing was a Godsend for many of us.
But as time’s passed, I’m not seeing it happening as much. I think fear and hopelessness have taken control of many lives. Especially for those who can’t get outdoors because of the heat or their bodies won’t let them. How do we reach out to these people who are homebound? Is there a way to bypass what the enemy has meant for harm?
“So wrap your heart tightly around the hope that lives within us, knowing that God always keeps his promises! Discover creative ways to encourage others and to motivate them toward acts of compassion, doing beautiful works as expressions of love. This is not the time to pull away and neglect meeting together, as some have formed the habit of doing. In fact, we should come together ever more frequently, eager to encourage and urge each other onward as we anticipate that day dawning.” Hebrews 10:23-25
Listening to the radio the other day, I heard a woman talking about how she started making lasagnas to take to those who were homebound or in need. She said by pouring her heart into each lasagna, she could pass on the love she had for others. It not only fed her heart with joy, but everyone she served. Now that’s what I’m talking about!
Sending cards in the mail or dropping off flowers at the door lets our loved ones, friends, and neighbors know we care. Others may need help with watering their flowerbeds, mowing their yard, or walking their pets. For some, these acts of kindness are as good as an embrace. And it’s good for our soul.
And that’s what Hebrews is talking about. Looking for ways to serve one another in love, for we don’t know how long these days may last.
We must strive to push our feelings of despair and apathy away and get out and serve somebody. Look around your neighborhood or apartment complex for ways to encourage someone. And if you can’t get out, then pick up your phone and make a voice-to-voice connection. Sometimes just hearing your voice will make someone happy.
Reread the scriptures above and commit them to memory as we finish this race that has been set before us. Our world will be a much better, happier, and healthier place in which to live. And that’s worth talking about!