Dear Glen Mar friends,
From my devotional reading this morning I was drawn to Luke 10:1-2. "After this the Lord appointed seventy others and sent them on ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself intended to go. He said to them, 'The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.'"
He sent 70 people on ahead of him...which sounds like a big number to me. And then I noticed when I read this with my glasses on, that he sent them in pairs. "Two by two" if you will. As this COVID business continues to wreak havoc with whatever is easy or feels normal, I'm reminded here that ministry is never really a solo operation. This is good news because sometimes we feel like Moses, who appointed judges over the people because keeping them straight was getting to be too much for one guy. It's tempting to think, as a pastor anyway, that it's "all on me" to figure out and to reassure and to somehow wave my magic "when there's a pandemic" wand from seminary to make this go away. (Hint: there is no such wand. All they gave me was a diploma).
If ministry is in fact something to be shared, with its burdens and benefits, then we can work together to make the burden lighter. This may look like being patient with the pace of "regathering," or reaching out to church friends you haven't seen in person to talk to them (sometimes a call from you is more healing than a call from "a pastor."). It can look like prayer for one another and care for our neighbors. Individually, we can't do much...but together and in Christ, we can do "all things," including choosing NOT to do All The Things Right Now.
See you "online,"