“Let not your heart be troubled…believe in Me.” ~ Jesus
We continue to see the worldwide toll and experience the fallout of the coronavirus outbreak. Presently, our priority is to protect the health and welfare of our members and staff of Creekside by following the mandates of California leadership and County Health officials. While this is a most difficult season with the shelter-in-place mandates, business and church closures, we take these concerns seriously not based on fear but birthed in our faith.
There are two extremes that people can lean into during this time. The first is to minimize it and carry on with business as usual disregarding all warnings. I believe the worldwide statistics bear out the veracity of what we are facing and the need to make changes. The second extreme is to maximize it and become paralyzed with fear and worry. I believe many of the actions we’ve seen validate this taking place.
Solomon said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” It’s been said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Did you know there was a Spanish Flu pandemic in 1918? It is interesting that there are some parallels for today. In Portland, Oregon [my old stomping grounds and no, I wasn’t around for it in 1918!] they did what we are doing now with shelter-in-place, social distancing and business closures. At the same time, on the East coast, Philadelphia knew of the flu and still determined to hold their Liberty Loan Parade with 200K attending and within days, 12,000 people died from the flu. 900 miles west in St. Louis, they prepared and shut down the city based on the same information and it was written that they were able saved countless lives.
I share this history lesson for a few reasons:
- A reminder, that it is a good thing to follow the procedures we are asked to follow. I know, the chances are slim that any of us will contract the virus. But that is most true as we follow the directives to help curtail its spread.
- Our call as Jesus followers is to live by faith and trust in Him. We will neither be careless or reactionary but endeavor to be responsive to the times we face.
- We will pray, knowing this to shall pass. Our Lord has “been there, seen this, done that…” He is neither shocked nor surprised.
Knowing all this:
- Let’s be voices of reason that point people to Jesus and the hope and healing He brings.
- Let’s be honest about our emotions as we all feel something. Fear, anger, worry, depression, discouragement are the names of a few you may deal with. Name it, call it what it is and do what Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast all your cares upon Him for He cares for you.”
- Let’s be kind, caring, patient, gracious and loving to others as we drive, in stores, out for walks. We don’t know what people are going through, news they have received, but they can know us by our love [John 13:35].
- Let’s call and check on Creeksiders and friends outside.
News You Can Use:
- We will continue our live FaceBook service on Sunday at 8:45 then it will be available to view after that.
- This Sunday, we will take a break from our PASSION series and look at “Living an Unshakable life in Shaky Times.”
- Following the talk, Dustin will do a brief children’s lesson. We want to keep our children connected to Sunday and families doing some lessons together.
- Our staff has three contingent plans for Easter depending on the gathering ban being lifted and numbers allowed to gather together. At this point, it seems unlikely that the gathering ban will be lifted but, what an Easter celebration we can have when the time comes!
- If you would be available to run some local errands for our Creeksider Seniors in need, [groceries, medicines if possible] at agreed upon needs, please let me know you would be willing to serve and assist in this way [firstname.lastname@example.org]. If you have need in this area, please let me know by email or calling, 925.200.5201.
- We have and will be looking and praying to where our community has needs.
- If you have needs, please let us know so we can assist you.
- We are looking at some online communication ideas for during the week.
- Prayer makes a difference, a big difference!
In Jesus’ Strong Name,