Dear members of Millcreek Church,
What can we say? None of us have experienced this before, so we're setting the standard as we go along. First, I sincerely pray that none of you contract the virus that is currently controlling our lives. That is what all of our quarantining and isolating and sheltering in place is all about: to slow the spread of this highly contagious virus. Let's each of us do our part.
Second, there is an irony for us Christians in the instructions the authorities are asking of us. We are staying away from each other not just for our own sake, but for the sake of others and of the whole human race. That is, we're being 'forced' to do something the reason for which is the good of others. Taking care of our neighbor is a foundational tenet of Christianity. The method of doing so isn't always obvious to us. But this time it is. Wash your hands, keep your distance, stay indoors if at all possible (except for solitary walks), all for the good of our neighbor, whoever and wherever she and he may be.
Third, I just read a book, a new publication, which I recommend to you if you're having trouble filling the time - or even if you're not. The author is Erik Larson, and the title is 'The Splendid and the Vile.' It is an unusual biography, telling of one year in the life of Winston Churchill, his family and others who surrounded him at the beginning of World War II. It's informative, not too heavy, full of personal anecdotes about all involved, and all in all a very pleasant read.
And if we're still in pretty much the same boat next month, perhaps someone else can recommend a book, or movie, or something to help pass the time.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Jetto+