Due to Covid-19 and the announcement from our government officials, all church service gatherings will be postponed till a later date.

The Sweetness of Unity

This morning I got up like any other morning, ate breakfast, did a little housework, read my Bible a bit, and thought about what this new day is going to be like. Then my husband and I did some stretching before our long morning walk. (I don’t want to give you the impression that this is our routine every morning; it is not!)

As we were sitting on the back deck talking, I commented, “I’m having mixed emotions about what will happen when the quarantine is over. On one hand, I’ll be glad when people can get back to their normal lives. But, on the other hand, it may be somewhat sad.”

During this time of quarantine, I have noticed a sweetness of unity. Another word for sweetness is harmony. And unity is defined as being together or as one with someone or something; it is the opposite of being divided. Sweetness of unity – harmony in togetherness.

People have come together with a common goal to support one another in however way they can. People use their creativity to make supplies for those on the front line in hospitals, or make masks for friends and family to help keep them safe. As a matter of fact, we received a couple of homemade masks in the mail from a friend here in Seattle and it deeply touched me.

People are helping one another that maybe they would not do otherwise. You even see those on TV interacting with the viewers to make us all feel comfortable. The single most important message I have noticed is: ‘We are in this together.’

With this confinement also comes the opportunity to us to care for ourselves and reevaluate our values. To reevaluate just who we are, how we do things, and how we see life. And I’m so very sure that this season has given people a time to evaluate their relationship with God. I know this is given me a lot of time for sober thinking about where God wants to take me in my life. And I value that direction because God said in all my ways, if I acknowledge Him, He will direct my path. Where He leads me, I’m willing to follow because I trust Him.

The reason I expressed I was somewhat sad was my concern that people will in fact return to their normal lives. People have the natural tendency of falling back into their old habits: not supporting one another; not being as kind; not willing to give a helping hand. Busyness will consume people’s lives again. Time restraints will again reign supreme. Patience will be in short supply. Family time will get lost in the shuffle.

Remember the theme: “WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER!” I hear those say, “When this is over, it will be business as usual.” But, will it? I don’t believe it will! I strongly feel that we have had a paradigm shift both in the church world and the secular world. I believe that there is going to be a new norm on how we think and approach things. Underneath all the busyness, all the rushing around, all the hustle and bustle, we will see others in a new light, that people are just people. It will make no difference about color, financial statue, language, or where we live.

Psalms 133:1 NKJV “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren/sisters to dwell together in unity!” We may not all be brethren or sisters, but we all make up humanity. Underneath it all, we all have red blood, we all have feelings, we all have the capacity to care.
And we will know this because of the sweetness of the unity we are experiencing right now.

I am interested in your thoughts. Please take a moment to Comment or respond to the following questions:

  1. What are your feelings about the quarantine being lifted?
  2. How do you think the freedom of mobility is going to affect people?
  3. What will be the first activity you will want to do when this quarantine is lifted?

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