Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
One of my favorite prayers comes from the
Book of Common Prayer
As I prayed it this morning, this ancient prayer took on new meaning and prompted a new challenge for these days. The words of the prayer are:
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within reach of your saving embrace; So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your name. Amen.
What does it look like to “reach forth our hands in love” when we are being advised to keep our distance from one another?
One way you could reach forth your hands today is to pick up the phone and call a friend, neighbor, coworker, or family member and simply let them know you are thinking about them. You might want to simply ask God to place the names or faces of a few people on your heart or in your mind and, as they come to mind, give them a call.
I know many people are adopting new technology to adapt to what is needed, but a piece of old technology is another way you could reach forth your hands, in a handwritten letter.
When was the last time you went to the mailbox and found an actual letter from a friend? You can brighten someone’s day by taking a few moments to share some favorite memories with a friend, with your parents, grandparents, your children or grandchildren.
I’m sure you can think of other ways you can reach forth your hands in love. These are the first two that come to my mind and I know you will be a blessing to whomever you call or write.
I’m praying for you and hold you all in my heart. I’m proud of how our congregation is responding to this tough situation and look forward to seeing you face-to-face again soon.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Donnie Wilkinson
Out of an abundance of caution, and in keeping with the latest medical guidelines, our ministry team will be
working from home starting Wednesday, March 18
. If you need help from one of your pastors or other members of our team,
please contact them by email or by calling the church office at 225.924.6269
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