Reaching out – even now!

— Midweek Meditations:
thoughts, inspiration and encouragement
from ACF community members —

On Sunday our reading in Hebrews ended with this verse:

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another.

Hebrews 10:24-25

Intimes like these with the threat of Covid returning to numbers of a year ago, this seems to be a suggestion not to easy to follow. Many of us are worried about staying safe and keeping others safe.

In this short meditation I want to say we can keep ourselves safe and not be isolated from the body of Christ. We need fellowship more than ever.

Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free —and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

1 Corinthians 12:12-20

We as the body of Christ need to take care of each other, we belong together and each of us has an unique role in this gigantic body. Even in Covid times we need each other and we can still have fellowship with one another with a little bit of creativity

Two years ago I did not know what a Zoom meeting was and now I doubt that there is someone who does not. Our church gives us the oppurtunity to join others in worship, prayer and fellowship throughout the week using the ZOOM platform. Of course it is not the same as being physical together but it is better than remaining isolated. 

I have felt the warmth of fellowship through telephone calls in this pandemic time. We can remain connected by a simple phone call. Try calling someone you miss seeing who is not usually part of your life outside of church.

Another way to spread feelings of fellowship is through the mail. Stop at a postcard stand and pick out a few cards that could make someone’s day a little more special. If you have the resources send a care package.

Since most of us spend time each day in the virtual world, this is also a means of communicating warmth. Send a WhatsApp or an Email with an encouraging word.

It is also possible to meet outside and go for a walk with others. It is also possible to meet with others on Sundays at church. There are also precautions we can take to make it possible to meet with others. It might take some creativity but we can be there for each other even in a pandemic.

The ACF Midweek Meditations
are written by a diverse group of our church members with the intention to seek God’s fingerprints in our lives. They range from somber to humorous and are inspired by all facets of live and faith. Written by ordinary people from all walks of life, they reflect a wide range of Christian backgrounds and spiritualities.

Each week’s text portrays the individual viewpoint of its author. They might not always resonate with everyone, and are not meant to be understood as representing the Anglican Church Freiburg as a whole. Yet, as a church that is aiming to ‘Build a Community of Grace’ we seek to practice learning from and listening to one another.

We pray that these humble ponderings add a small spark of blessing to your week.

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