loving one another in a time of isolation

musings from the manse31st March 2020

Jesus says this in John 13:34-35:

A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

So how do we do this in a time of isolation? Well, I think it can work in three areas:

home

This is where most of us are spending most of our time at the moment, either on our own or with a small number of people. How do we love one another in the home?

Being in a confined situation with those we are closest to in the world can often be a stress, and we need to practise grace and kindness even more than we usually do when we live in close quarters for an extended period of time.

Find space for you to do your own things. Do things together. Share concerns. Clear the air when necessary. Be honest and open. Pray together if you can. Get outside when you can.

If you are on your own, stay connected to others nearby, friends and family. You may be alone but you do not need to be lonely.

We can love one another even in our own homes.

church family

Even though we cannot gather together to meet in our small groups and on a Sunday we still can keep on encouraging and building one another up.

Be in regular contact with each other by phone, or by email if you have it. Pray for one another.

Just because we do not see each face to face does not mean we should forget one another. We are still family.

Our pastoral care for one another can still happen and it is not just down to one or a few people it is something we can all do as we love one another as a church.

community 

And we can love our community as well – help those neighbours who are not able to get out because they are in a vulnerable category or because they are self-isolating. It may be practical help because we might be limited ourselves, but we can get in touch and pray for them.

There are wider community initiatives we can support. Everyone in Chard should have had a leaflet through their door from the “Chard Coronavirus / Covid-19 Support Group,” supported by Chard Churches Together, which is seeking to help right across Chard, Tatworth and South Chard. We can support the Lord’s Larder. We can support local small business that are open.

And we can pray to our great big God about all that is happening to show our love for our community as well.

There is a lot that we can do to show our love for one another even in isolation, if we are willing to fulfil the commandment of Jesus.

Yours in Christ

Andy

Andy Mills
Minister of CBC

5 thoughts on “loving one another in a time of isolation

  1. We’ve both felt really blessed by the 2 services, and now these thoughts on your blog, thank you – and Lucy for singing.

  2. I feel so blessed to be part of the CBC family,. Without knowing Jesus as my Lord and Saviour this would not have happened. Stay safe everyone, lots of love and prayers to you all. Carole x

  3. During a Skype call I noticed that one of our older members was reading one of Lucy’s books: Undivided Heart. It was being very much enjoyed and finding it most helpful at this time. A good conversation starter. Fivehead are using “ZOOM” for its services and HG’s.
    Thank you Andy for your Manse musings.
    Much love and happy memories.

  4. Thank You, both Andy and Lucy. We feel truly blessed joining in the services, and very much part of Gd’s people here at CBC It must take a lot of organising, but donn’t stop! Keep well. Bless you all. Much love. God bless..

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