"I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)
Much has changed in the last several weeks, but some things remain constant; among them, our call to live as Christ-followers.
(Whatever that means in our time and place!)
Among the treasures we receive from this Holy Week story, Jesus gifts us with his example of how to treat others: to love and serve them in all times and places, even when (especially when) things are dire.
I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of loving action in response to the coronavirus. Everyday, I have seen people making masks for others; packing and delivering meals and supplies; and spreading faith and encouragement. When I posted looking for volunteers to assist our families in the Ham Lake Apartments, I had the list filled in less than a day. The response of this congregation has filled me with hope.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is that fear and despair cannot keep us down. Rather, like our Teacher and Lord, we love and serve even in the most difficult times.
May God be with you in this Holy Week,