Recently, I have noticed there is a large focus in the media about what we can’t do. I find it really hard to continually hear what we can’t do especially during a season that has always been so focused on gathering together with one another.
This week is Thanksgiving and normally I would be going to my grandparents house with all my extended family to celebrate. But this year I am choosing to stay home in response to the guidelines given by the CDC and our state government. This is a hard choice to make for all of us because we want to be together with family and friends. Sometimes our choice to stay physically apart from one another isn’t seen in a positive light from family and friends who are longing for us to be together.
It has been helpful for me to see my choice as an act of neighbor love. When Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment he responded,
“The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God, the Lord is one; 30 you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31)
During this challenging time, may be put this teaching into practice and love our neighbors.
While the media continues to tell us what not to do, I have found myself trying to flip the view around and focus on what we can do.
- We can call family on the phone or have a video chat.
- Take time to reflect on what we are grateful for.
- Send a note to a friend or family member sharing with them that you are thankful for their presence in your life.
- Be respectful of people’s responses to this challenging time. We are all under unimaginable stress and are grieving the loss of what has been.
- If you find yourself alone for Thanksgiving meal then maybe order from a local restaurant to support small business.
~Pastor Alyssa Baker