One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
— Ephesians 4:5 (NIV)
My husband and sat in front of our computer “attending” our church’s Easter service. We were comfortable in our recliners on that beautiful Sunday morning, dealing with another week since the pandemic has led to stay-at-home orders from our government. Our pastor and church musicians have been doing their best to unite us in worship over these weeks with regular, virtual services shared via social media. In our country we continue to wait for this time to pass and see it as temporary.
But this situation has made me think of Christians in countries where gathering together on any Sunday is forbidden by the government. For them, being prevented from joining other believers to sing praises to our Risen Lord is normal. How discouraging that must be! On this day I reflect on the passage above that reminds me we are of “one body and one Spirit” with “one Lord, one faith, one baptism”. Though we do not congregate to sing hymns and pray together, we can still be one in Spirit. When this pandemic passes and the restrictions are lifted, I pray that I will not forget those brothers and sisters in the worldwide church who can never meet openly. I pray for them to hear encouraging words from the Holy Spirit and from other Christians around the globe that they are not alone.
Tracy Luscombe (Texas, USA)
I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.”
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