Okay, I know I need a haircut. I’ve heard it repeatedly for at least 8 weeks now.  My response remains consistent.  I’m not ready to venture out and be that close to anyone.  I have no desire to rub elbows or let anyone enter my personal space outside my immediate family. For some, this is good news. All you who have been worried about my liberal tendencies, I have seen the light and I invite you to celebrate my conservatism when it comes to the re-engaging in social activity. I literally need my “space to be spacious.” I’m not a germophobe (but I do know a few and you know I know who you are.) Fear isn’t a motivating influence in my life. I am being conservative and in this same matter we are leading Pine Shores conservatively. I want to look at that word conservative. According to Online Etymology Dictionary the word comes from the late 14c., conservatyf, “tending to preserve or protect, preservative, having the power to keep whole or safe.”

Joking aside we’re being a bit slower when it comes to re-opening worship. We’ve recommended that we stay virtual through June. Over this next month there’ll be ongoing discussions and discernment as to when and how to gather back together for worship.  We promise we will worship together again but as we follow the CDC guidelines it will be different.

We’re aware that “other churches” may have resumed live worship within their building.  For them the time is right. For us we’re still discerning.  When I get my hair cut, you’ll know the time has come that we’ll soon again gather back together for worship.

Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 9:13-18
I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it. Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded.
The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded
than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Wisdom is better than weapons of war,

Reflection Questions:
What have you discovered that is not as important or necessary as it was before the virus?
What words do you have to share with others?
What do you miss most about worshipping in the sanctuary?

Holy God, in this journey fill me with patience. Let me neither compare nor compete with others whose path is different but keep me open to listen and learn. Let wisdom be shared and strengthen my resolved to stand confident of your power in my life.  Amen.


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