Sabbath strips away the notion that our worth is defined by our activity. Sabbath affirms that our worth is not in doing; it is in being.
Though life now feels like a wild, roller coaster ride of emotions, we are part of something much bigger than the unfolding devastation of the coronavirus pandemic. Our lives, even now, are woven into a great sacred story.
In these unprecedented times, it’s important for all of us to remember that, because we’ve never been precisely here before, there is no template, map, app or handbook for the right way to lead and to be church.
We can hang onto Jesus with the right hand, grasp our brothers and sisters with the left, and take one bold step into the gathering gloom of Holy Week. That’s what Lent has always been about. That’s what it’s about now, amid a global pestilence that stalks in the darkness.
With all this grief, on a societal level perhaps not seen since 9/11 or the stock market crash of 1929, we pastors and other church staff sure could use more ministers. For Baptists, this shouldn’t be a novel idea.
This is not about guns or the Second Amendment. This is deeper than that. This is a spiritual issue. This is about a fundamental cleavage in the soul of America.
No, the COVID-19 virus is not some kind of divinely unleashed pestilence to punish us. But what seems clear is this: It is not the disease itself that has revealed our sin, it is the ways we have responded that have condemned us to our current misery and suffering.
More than simply being an entertaining way to pass the time, these fictional accounts of murder mysteries and crime dramas can help us ponder more deeply our own fears, hopes, vulnerabilities and values.
Sit. Breathe. Breathe deep. Breathe deep the breath of God.