Yesterday after worship, I was asked a genuine question about a couple who the person asking had not seen in church for a while. COVID-19 impacted lots of people and there are many folks still not yet ready to attend in person. (I have some sense of their hesitancy. I’m not yet ready for inside dining.) It took a bit to identify the couple but by mid-afternoon both of us came to the same conclusion. One half of the couple has recently been at worship and is doing as well as expected but the other half is not physically doing well and is unable to attend (and might not be able to attend again.) The gift for me was the realization they’re missed and someone was concerned enough to want to find out what’s going on. Immediately my mind went to passage in 1 Thessalonians, “So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”  Also, because yesterday was Mother’s Day and this morning we attended the memorial service of a family friend, seeing all the boys, now adults gather around each other to comfort and support,  got me thinking about those who are dear to me and those dear to me who I miss. The invitation for you is to pause and remember some or many of the people who have been a blessing to you. Surround them in your thoughts and prayers.  Let them know you care deeply for them.

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 2:9
“So deeply do we care for you that we are determined to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you have become very dear to us.”

Reflection Questions:
Who have you not seen in a while?
How have you dealt with the impact of disconnecting?
How are you going to reconnect with others?

Prayer: Holy God, fill my heart and head with gratitude for all the many people I have in my life who make me better and help me to do better.  Amen.