Social distancing – a difficult term has entered into our everyday vocabulary. We’re being instructed to have no contact and keep physical distance from others; but that goes against our core instinct of how to belong and be loved. We believe at New Vintage Church that groups are better, that life is better connected, there is so much scripture that points to not isolating. So how do we do it? How do we avoid true isolation as a result of this pandemic and the new 6ft rule? How do we continue to love our neighbors from a distance?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NIV
What ever this life throws at us, we cannot forget God’s greatest commandments of us. We must continue to persevere, get creative, and love our neighbors. Here are some ideas…
DO WHAT IS EXPECTED
Keep your 6 foot distance, wash your hands, don’t go out unnecessarily, but if someone needs you do not avoid them, continue to ask what does love require in this situation.
Ask God for mercy and protection, but serve when called upon.
This is a fun idea around neighborhood trash day, you bring your cans out at an agreed time and chat with your neighbors outside keeping distance, you may end up getting to know your neighbors better than before!
DRIVE BY BIRTHDAY
This is a sweet idea for the parents having to cancel birthday parties, organize a drive by birthday parade where people decorate their cars, make signs, tie balloons, to create a fun memory for the kiddos.
If you find a cool activity for the kids or a work from home trick share it, let your friends and family know what is working for you.
We live in an age where we have so many technological tools at our finger tips. This season is pushing further into the digital world than we thought possible because we have no choice. Use the tools, FaceTime, Zoom, social media and stay connected. Call those you know live alone, elderly, anyone and everyone.
This is a huge one for people, I think most people could figure out not leaving the house for three weeks or more, but eventually they run out of food. Reach out to people, direct neighbors, elderly, sick, let them know you are available to drop groceries on the door step.
I have faith that we will come out the other end of the COVID-19 pandemic with a stronger sense of community, a stronger sense of what is important to us, and I pray we loved well through it.