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Many times recently I have moved from one denomination to another on Sundays. I might be Methodist, Baptist, Pentecostal and even Catholic.
Why the switches from my heritage? It’s because Sundays have often become days when I have stayed home — and I have watched various television ministries. Praise the Lord, television provides many Christian programs for our enlightenment and worship, no more so than on the day of rest.
As concerns about the coronavirus increase, more and more people are opting to stay home, even on the Lord’s day. I’ve been struggling with some sort of respiratory ailment, so I’m not even going to most doctors’ appointments. I think I might have gotten what I have from a trip to my primary care doctor. In fact, many doctors are telling people to just call in and leave messages instead of bringing themselves into a potential hot virus zone.
All that said, I keep thinking about the scripture that tells us not to neglect getting together, specifically, “And let us consider one another to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as in the manner of some, but exhorting one another” (Hebrews 10:24-25). The footnotes to these scriptures in my Bible point out that we as Christians need each other. We need to be supportive and show love.
My husband John just told me that many churches are now even closed for awhile. So, we need to be supportive in other ways. What might they be? Contacting each other via the phone or email? Praying for each other? Doing what we can to help others, especially the elderly?
And what about our own spiritual growth and worship? As I suggested earlier, we can watch Christian television. We read our Bibles and other spiritual books. And we can hold little worship services on Sundays. I happen to even have a “built-in” pastor to lead services for me.
At any rate, even if we can’t assemble together on the Lord’s Day, we can still worship — and rest in His love.
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.