Sunday Seed Thoughts: Social Distancing, Not Spiritual Distancing

By now we’ve all received the message loud and clear from our President, Vice-President as well as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Brix to practice “social distancing.” Stay home. And if you do go out for a walk, to the grocery, or to a carry out restaurant, stay 6 feet apart from others.

These mitigation efforts have forced almost all churches to temporarily suspend public assemblies. No Sunday morning or Wednesday Bible classes. No Sunday worship. No ladies classes. No gospel meetings. No potlucks. All of this social distancing can leave us feeling disconnected, detached and even disjointed spiritually.

Social distancing, however, does not have to mean spiritual distancing. No, I’m not talking about defying public health orders about assembling. I’m talking about drawing closer to God.

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you,” exhorted and advised James, the brother of Jesus.

While Christian fellowship helps us through collective worship, Bible study, and mutually shared experiences, it’s not the only way to draw closer to the Lord.

Maybe this time of “sheltering in place” will help us slow down from our fast paced lives. Look around. Think. And meditate on spiritual matters.

Draw near to God through nature. It’s Spring time. We’re seeing the flowers bloom, the red bud trees budding and the dogwoods blossoming. Look for the beauty of God’s creation wherever you live. The sun, moon, stars, all remind us of our loving and beneficent Creator. (Ps 19:1-2)

Draw near to God through His Word. Read it. Meditate on it. Allow it to saturate your mind and heart. Chase away feelings of fear, frustration and worry by listening to the Lord through the Holy Spirit’s revelation. Make it personal. Get into the Psalms. Find passages that speak to your heart. Make it a family exercise for everyone to share at least one Bible passage everyday that comforts and encourages you during these unusual times.  (Psalm 119).

Draw near to God  through prayer.We know God hears. Cares. And answers. Pray for this crisis to end soon. Pray for your family. For the sick and suffering. For health-care workers. And pray for strength to face whatever challenges may arise. (Phil 4:6-7).

Today is a day we normally would be meeting together and enjoying the fellowship with those of like faith. We’re missing the hugs, hand shakes, and smiles of our brethren. And our joint participation in worship. But social distancing cannot keep us apart from God.

Today worship with your family. Praise God. And remember Jesus. He’s still Lord of lords. And King of kings. He’s still our Savior. Rock. And Redeemer.

18 The Lord is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
he also hears their cry and saves them.
20 The Lord preserves all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy. (Ps 145:18-20, ESV)

Have a blessed day.

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

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10 responses to “Sunday Seed Thoughts: Social Distancing, Not Spiritual Distancing

  1. Jim Phillips

    Thank you

  2. Clif Dennis

    Amen.

  3. Tim Torno

    Thank you as always, Ken.
    Happy Lord’s Day!

  4. Peggy S Hobbs

    Comforting thoughts this morning to start our day, thank you.

  5. Betty Rhoton

    Thank you for taking the time, work, & study to bring these important messages, reminders to us.

  6. Indeed. Jesus is Saviour, Rock and Redeemer. When we worship God and remember what God has done for us by coming together “face to face” reminding one another of our Christian Story, we become ONE BODY and we share our joys and sorrows, our hopes and our ambitions. And we marry the Word of God with our Congregation. Today is Palm Sunday and many people will remember how Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a Don key as a symbol of liberation and unity…rather than a conquering LORD forcefully subduing people and any opposition. The people showed their hope for liberation and peace by waving palm branches and spreading their cloaks on the path …perhaps to comfort the feet of the Don key in adoration, praise and thanksgiving…singing Hosanna… Blessed is the ONE who shares our burden and hope who comes in the name of Jesus.

  7. mike cooner

    Thank you brother Weliever for those helpful reminders. On another note many of the local churches in my area are still small enough to assemble together while practicing the proper guidelines for social distancing while others are getting creative in order to continue to come together as one congregation was meeting outdoors in order to maintain the proper safe distance, and others have been meeting in parking lots in their cars while listening to the lessons on a radio station while men pass out the Lord’s supper using proper precautions like gloves etc., at least that what something I heard discussed and I believe practiced in some places. Our governor in Florida deemed worship as essential and the county where I preach allows for gatherings up to fifty people when safety measure can be practiced. Many are helping out with the sanitizing of assembly places also. Prayers for those not able to meet and prays this health risk will soon be behind us!

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