May 26, 2020

Yesterday, as I watched the evening news, I was truly saddened to see all the reports of people ignoring social distancing practices as they celebrated Memorial Day. This got me thinking.

Memorial Day is the national holiday where we remember and give God thanks for those who gave their lives so that we may live. What would those who willingly made the ultimate sacrifice say if they had seen yesterday’s flagrant disregard for the safe practices that are in place to save lives? I suspect they would wonder what purpose or significance their deaths have made for those who take their lives and freedoms for granted.

While wearing masks and staying away from people whenever possible may be an inconvenience, that’s all it is. And for those who complain about this “sacrifice” remember what was asked of previous generations. Desert Storm, Desert Shield, Vietnam, Korea, World War II, the Great Depression, World War I – those were the events that called for a true genuine sacrifice. Today’s restrictions do not compare. They are not that much of a burden.

I am convinced, that in a world that has truly lost its way, followers of Jesus are called to an even higher standard in the way we conduct our lives. This includes being keenly aware that our actions can point people to the Truth, or point them in that opposite direction.

So wear a mask, be respectful of social distancing, do whatever you can to keep others safe, and make a positive difference in their lives. That’s why you are here.

This is what Paul meant by saying, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (Galatians 6:9-10)

You may be tired of the restrictions caused by the coronavirus, I get that. Remember, this is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. God wants all of us to be patient and do what is best for others.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, as I become frustrated with social distancing and the other measures put in place because of the pandemic, remind me of the lives that were sacrificed so that I can live. Help me cherish their ultimate sacrifice and live in response to it. Give me a heart of grace, a mouth filled with your praise, and the wisdom to make a difference. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Today, I will be at the church. Hardly anyone else will be there. While sad, this is the current reality of our existence. It’s the right thing. It’s one of the ways our church honors those who have died so that we may be free.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins