Matthew 10:29-31-“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.”


We are living in a time of great fear and anxiety. Although across the country restrictions are starting to be lifted, still many fear Covid-19. Is it safe for us to gather again in our churches? Should we wear masks? Is it safe for us to be out among people, given that many do not practice social distancing? Also, among people of color, given the horrible incidents that have happened recently, there is an increased fear of the police, and what might happen to them if they are ever stopped. People of all colors are rising up in protest around the world, and this feeds back into the Covid-19 fears-although the peaceful protests may be justified, are people placing themselves in danger by participating? These fears are in addition to the normal fears and anxieties that we have always experienced. Amid all our fears, Jesus comes to us to assure us that we are both valuable and loved. God notices every time a bird falls to the ground; how much more does God notice us, who are created in God’s image, for whom Christ died and was raised from the dead? We need to continue to take reasonable precautions against the virus, and if we are called to protest, or whatever we are called to do, we need to do it unafraid, knowing that God cares for us and is with us-and is in us, through the Holy Spirit. May God give us the strength and courage to do those things that we are called to do and may God’s peace be with us.

 

Pastor Jon Anderson


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