Monday Morning Meditation 3-9-2020

I received an email to attend a church security workshop in New York.  It is one of many that I’ve received over the past few years as assaults on houses of worship have increased.  I have attended local meetings and webinars for this important topic.  Some of the many questions raised by these workshops include:

  • Should churches have armed security guards?
  • Should we lock all the doors except one?
  • What precautions do we use to keep the people safe?

In the end, there are a lot of complex procedures to create a sense of security.

Pastors have also been inundated with training, workshops, etc. for child safety.  Between clergy abuse scandals and the Penn State scandal, we have had to attend mandatory boundary training and create processes to assure all who volunteer with children have the appropriate three Pennsylvania background checks.

In the end, there are a lot of complex procedures to create a sense of security.

And now we have the Corona virus.  No amount of background checks, no locked doors, no security guards will protect us against a virus.  Rather we must protect ourselves.  We need to take those standard hygiene precautions that we should have  been doing all along, like washing our hands properly, staying home when sick, limiting our exposure to those who are sick (which is really hard for those who care for and visit the sick).

Right now, the church leadership is looking at options for the serving of Holy Communion (and I refuse to NOT serve the Lord’s Supper.  It is far too important to neglect).

In the end, there are a lot of complex procedures to create a sense of security.

Hopefully you’ve notices a commonality among these three issues.  We do what we have to do to be as secure as possible, but ultimately, we cannot guarantee 100 percent that nothing bad will ever happen.

I’m reminded of the Joseph saga in Genesis.  Joseph, as the youngest brother, is a real pain.  He tells his brothers, father and mother that in his dreams, his family will bow down to him.  The brothers decided to do away with him.  Joseph, through a series of events, ends up in an Egyptian prison, explains the dream of Pharaoh and becomes second in command in Egypt.

When he reconciles with his brothers, he says this: “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives” (Genesis 50:20).

I do not believe God has sent us these viruses and problems to accomplish something, rather God calls us to use our faith to accomplish things in these times of crisis.

As you listen to the news, as you hear the panic, remember God.  Be still and know that God is God.  Have faith, take precautions and go out and live your life.

Peace,

Pastor Bill

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