Words and alliteration are two of my favorite things. During this pandemic we are having what I call COVID Conversations – we discuss what is hard about this time, what is good about it, what God seems to be doing, new things we’re doing and how we’re coping. We laugh at how we need haircuts and hair color. Since it seems I won’t be able to hide my gray much longer, I’m delighting in verses about gray hair and how God doesn’t desert me but is faithful into my old age!
I also hear people sharing what I call COVID Confessions – little things we’ve done that may flirt a bit with the letter of the Shelter-in-Place law. Unfortunately, some of us are having very serious talks about what we might call COVID Casualties – losses we’re grieving such as graduation and wedding ceremonies or most tragically, even loss of lives.
This week I find myself pondering what we might consider our COVID Call. As Christ followers, men and women living the with-God life and calling upon the name of the Lord, we bring God’s presence with us everywhere we go. He is with us every minute, so all time is sacred. We know the Truth that is always relevant and speaks into the lives of people all over the world, no matter their age, stage or demographic. It’s as true when we’re asleep as awake, whether we’re in the midst of mundane activities or critical life events.
Life looks differently from one century to another, from one decade to another or even from one day to the next, but the Good News of Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, ascension and His promise to return continues to be the message our world needs to hear! Jesus changes everything and we are called to give the reason for our hope. He is the Solid Rock on which we stand so despite our difficult or even dire circumstances, our hope doesn’t actually crumble or collapse. Our foundation, our identities, our very lives are secure. So, as people are sharing and opening up more about their concerns and fears these days, let’s be ready to share the Good News! Amen? Amen!
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
1 Peter 3:15