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Be Alert

April 21, 2020

“Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13

Be alert. The world needs more lerts.

A bit of a groaner, to be sure; one I first heard from my brother when we were kids and have since seen attributed to Woody Allen, though without citation.

The joke is bad but the sentiment is biblical. Keep alert, Paul urged the wayward church in Corinth. Stand firm.

We have been on high alert for weeks on end, dong our best to maintain physical distance, stay home, and flatten the curve. While the death toll continues to rise, our work seems to be working. Just there, of course, is the danger. Because our efforts are working, there are those who think that we can lighten up now or, worse, that there was never anything to worry about in the first place.

All I can say in response is that the world needs more lerts. This is no time to weaken in our resolve. This is not to say that we should not be exploring every possible means at our disposal to get people back to work and out into the world again. People are hurting. But we cannot do so in ways that will lead to surges in COVID-19. The best thing we can do as people of faith is stand firm in our resolve to stay home and save lives. Especially  the lives of the most vulnerable and the already marginalized in our midst.

As we do so, we both keep the faith and share our faith. A faith in a risen Lord who is with us while we wait. A risen Lord who cannot be kept out by closed doors. As Grace and countless other churches have closed the doors on our physical facilities, God has caused the church to spring up in a million places, right in your own home. God is with you. Christ is risen. Stand firm in your faith.

It’s hard but it’s how we proclaim God’s love in our world today. Stand firm. The world needs more lerts.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

Saving God, our hearts hurt at the suffering we see. For those who suffer lost income or uncertainty, provide hope. Use us to help. Keep us focused on the goal of preserving life for all, just as you have promised eternal life to all the world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Photo of Torsten dressed up as Harry Potter unrelated. Or is it?

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