Part 2: Staying Connected - Even When it’s Hard
The church body is an incredible picture of Christ. We often hear the phrase the church is the “hands & feet of Christ” but what part do each of us play in connecting to the body? Each one of us has something unique to offer, let’s come together to share what we can bring to the table!
Here are some practical and spiritual things we’ve done to stay connected with friends, family, neighbors and our church family since the quarantine started:
- Take a deep breath, embrace the change & allow yourself to feel. For many people change is scary, daunting and tiring because it presents so many unknowns. For others, change is great and presents opportunities to try new things (face masks, gloves, social distancing etc.) and stirs a sense of exploration.
- Taking as many times as necessary to simply pause & reflect on the process of where we were to where we are now is healthy and allows people to process at their own pace. Often, I find myself writing things down as a way to acknowledge the change as well to mark its passing. It helps me remember that life on this side of heaven is a constant process of sanctification & that is NOT something new or unknown. It’s comforting as things continue to change.
"It helps me remember that life
on this side of heaven is a constant process
of sanctification & that is NOT something new
- When I am feeling lonely and needing some extrovert time/engagement, I find it refreshing to pick up the phone & call the person that I was thinking about. How often do we say “I was just thinking about you yesterday” and not do anything with those thoughts? In times where physical contact is hard, it’s imperative that we are intentional about taking the initiative and acting on that initiative. In other words, when someone comes to mind, pick up the phone & call them. If not right away, make a physical note to remind yourself to do it later. Set a reminder on your phone to remind yourself. This is a way to train your mind and habits to put action behind the thoughts. Not only will it bless you, but it’ll surely bless the person you are talking to. It also is a way to hear prayer requests and to build a closer bond by praying for one another.
"Communing with the Lord is a precious time
and brings TONS of comfort to my soul
when I’m struggling with the loneliness."
- I dedicate time to pray for people that the Lord brings to mind. This helps me connect by connecting with the Lord through prayer. Often I know what to pray for, but I don’t have updated prayer request info. The cool thing is that God fills in those gaps so we can just take our prayers to him and He knows the missing details. Communing with the Lord is a precious time and brings TONS of comfort to my soul when I’m struggling with the loneliness.
- We’ve done some drive-by’s for people that we know that just need to physically see other people. Honk your horn and make a sign that says praying for you as you slowly drive by. Often, that’s a pick-me-up for home-bound people that can’t get out or connect easily.
What about you? How have you tried to stay connected, engaged, in prayer and fellowship with your family, neighbors and brothers and sisters in Christ?