time at home

I’m not sure if the policy that went into effect last night makes things different for you or not. Restaurants are allowed to be open, so I’ve been keeping the coffee shops open as long as they’re still able to pay baristas. I spent most of yesterday on Zoom calls. It was kind of nice. During breaks I could go mess with the kids, or see how Megan’s zoom meetings were gong.

I wouldn’t say that we’ve found a “new normal” but there is a deeper level of resignation to things outside of our control. While still working to do everything we can for the people and responsibilities in life that we care about.
Remember, as we go into extended times at home, that you are still needed out there. The people and things you care about still need you. The Cross still needs you. Enjoy the time as you’re able, but don’t fade away.
There’s a famous interaction between Jesus and one of his closets friends Peter.
Peter betrayed Jesus tragically. On his own Jesus endured the trial and crucifixion, though Peter could have stood by him. When they met again, after Jesus’ resurrection, Jesus asks him

“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

Even though he left Jesus to endure trial, scourge, crucifixion and death alone Jesus still wanted to put him to work. You won’t do these next two weeks perfectly. Quarantine will bring out both good and bad in you. Regardless, the Body of Chris on earth needs you. We need you. Don’t fade away.


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