At this moment in time, a new phrase dominates the public conversation: “social distancing.” Before the coronavirus (COVID 19) reared its ugly and destructive head, I’m not sure I had ever heard this phrase in conversation. These days, however, locking ourselves in our home seems to be the primary solution to preventing the spread of a feared disease. Some minimize the threat calling it overblown, while grocery stores and pharmacies are out of sanitizer, wipes, and toilet paper. In moments like these, who are we to believe? What are we to do? How are we to live as followers of Jesus?
We are not the first generation of believers trying to find our way through challenging times, feeling alone, isolated from the crowds, and trying not to be fearful. The first band of believers had locked themselves in a private room because they feared those who had crucified their Messiah. As they hid from what they feared might harm them, the Lord came to them and said, “Peace be with you!”
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