I have a confession to make… I really miss seeing our church on Sunday mornings! Kudos to the DCC team for creating the best virtual church they can, and for a message that is more important than ever, but it’s not the same. For those of you who know me, it will not come as a surprise that I am not good at sitting around the house with a lot of “free” time.
The Bible Study Fellowship study this year is the Acts of the Apostles. Earlier this year, I was able to easily gloss over the amount of time that Paul spent in detention, in prison, and—worst of all—in isolation from the churches and brothers and sisters in Christ that he loved so much. Ironically, the necessary, but nevertheless imposed, Coronavirus distancing, isolation, and quarantines have made me reconsider Paul’s heartfelt pain of separation from the fledgling Christian churches that he loved so much.
With so much modern medicine, thousands of cure-all pharmaceuticals, and incredible imaging technologies, it is easy to become conceited and rely on science over God, until a pandemic like Coronavirus comes along and science is left struggling for answers. Please don’t misunderstand me, I am very thankful for the dedicated medical professionals, medical researchers, and first responders who are risking their lives to help fellow citizens. Nevertheless, it is in these times—where all humanity is equally vulnerable—that the only true answer comes into focus. Jesus’ grace is sufficient for me and all of humanity. God be praised this Easter season.
Bruce Butler, elder