Sunday morning, I sat in my quiet living room with my wife, our twin boys and the family cat curled up nearby.
It’s a typical scene in our home, and yet it was something all the more powerful for where we were not. Instead of sitting in our pew surrounded by our church family, we were at home alone and celebrating the Lord on the first day of the week. It’s a celebration passed down to us through the centuries.
Thanks to modern technology, our church service appeared on the television and together, but apart from our brothers and sisters, we sang our hymns, listened to the Word, and solemnly took part in the Lord’s supper.
It’s a place I never imagined I would find myself and another moment in a week filled with words I never thought I’d have to write, pictures I never thought I’d have to take, meetings I never thought I’d have to attend and decisions I never dreamed I would have to make.
It feels like the entire world has been turned upside down in a matter of days, and each new dawn brings another reason to worry and another burden to bear. We’re all in survival mode in both big and little ways.
I can’t say what will happen next in our little community or in the bigger world beyond these beloved places we call home. I don’t believe any of us really can.
So much has changed so quickly, but my comfort comes from the things I know haven’t changed at all. It’s found in the strength and power of the love that binds me to my wife and my family, and it’s there to be found in the power and might of my God who remains the same yesterday, today and eternally.
The sun will rise again on this world. We will find ourselves out of this deepening darkness and into the light of a brighter day. I believe that with all my heart, though it may seem far away in my moments of doubt and despair.
When that day of hope comes, what will we remember about these days of crisis and turmoil? Will remember depression, pain, worry, and heartbreak, or will we remember the moments of beauty amidst the sadness and the power of faith that carries us through?
What happens in this world is beyond our control, but how we react and endure it is within our grasp. Choosing to live with faith and hope is the only choice we have, and one we must find it within our hearts to make if we are to find our way to the other side of it all.