On Sunday we attended Virtual Church. Well, it wasn’t quite virtual reality – if you compare it to some games where you wear a helmet and wield a sword, but it was not real church. It was watching videos pre-recorded or selected by our leaders for us to watch at home with possibly a small group. Like video games, there are limits and restrictions. One of the restrictions is my knowledge of technology but the most notable difference is the lack of contact with other (real) people. It is difficult to carry out the injunction in Hebrews 10:25, “Do not give up meeting together…but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” But, as the world pulls together to fight this common pandemic using hygiene and social distancing, this is becoming the new reality.
Although we can’t continue meeting together (in big groups) we can certainly encourage each other. We can pray and tell people we are praying for them. We can send encouraging messages via WhatsApp rather than sensational type suspect news and messages which are more likely to engender fear than encouragement. A tip I learned yesterday; before mindlessly sending on a forwarded message, make it personal. Tell the person what the message/video/picture meant to you, why you think it will enrich them and how it made you think of them.
My encouraging message for today is Psalm 91 vs 1-3 (NIV).
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord,”He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.