God has been asking me to believe that He is enough for me for a long while. If you know me, you know I am stubborn! And so, today’s present state of our world is one more opportunity for me to trust and believe.
Isolation is no stranger in our home. Celiac disease has isolated us in ways we never imaged given our expectations of a “normal” life; as many chronic illnesses will do. The present restrictions imposed on us as individuals, for the greater good, are not a chosen or expected normal for most people.
Having expectations that allow us to think we are in control and allow us selfishness, are not Biblical. The only expectations we can count on are the expectations in God’s promises in His Word. He promises many times that He will not leave us, He lives within us, we are His children, His Church! As Christians we are never truly separated completely from others. God is always with us. We have the privilege of direct communication with our God through the blood of Christ. I think our fear and feelings of isolation are rooted in our sin natures and a time between birth and accepting Christ as Lord and Savior when we could not be in the presence of God but had an immense longing for His love. That separation being the worst and loneliest isolation possible.
I wonder, Christ being totally God and man, when on the cross and crying out, “Father, why have you forsaken me”, was that the moment He understood that profound isolation magnified by the sins of us all? Christ willingly bore that isolating, separating sin.
He knows how it feels and is with me as I deal with my isolation and is the model for me to bear my isolation in this world.
I thank Him for a chance to be more like Him.
I thank Him for the lessons in learning to believe He is totally, completely, without fail, by His promises enough for me.
This lesson I can only learn through and with His love for me. The best way I have found to push away my disbelief, fears and feelings, is to stay in His word, sometimes minute by minute. To communicate with Him all day long with words, songs and prayers; and to serve others as Christ served me by His death on the cross.
In our isolation from other humans besides our immediate family members there are many ways to serve one another. I challenge you to serve in ways you’ve never served before or to serve in a greater capacity than ever before.
And I pray that you believe God is enough!
We are excited to announce that we will have an in-person worship service outside at 8:30am in the MCC parking lot! We can’t wait to see you! In addition, our Sunday live-stream (on Facebook and Instagram) will move to 10:00am for the foreseeable future for those who are not be able to join us.
We’ve chosen for our service to happen outdoors as there are still a number of requirements and protocol for indoor gatherings. So, we are not inviting you to join us indoors at this time. Instead, come for our outdoor gathering, or continue to join us online later from home.
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!