How should we respond to social quarantining?

Published March 16, 2020

Community is one of God’s great gifts to us. So how do we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic during a time of social quarantining? How do we strengthen relationships and also point each other towards the One who is the ultimate fulfillment of our deepest longing for connection?

When activities and church services get cancelled, what can you do to strengthen your relationship to the Lord? Spending more quiet time of reflection in His Word? FaceTiming close friends and family to reconnect? Listening to encouraging music that points us to Truth? While during a time of isolation, it may be tempting to binge shows on Netflix or scroll on social media, we’re called to go deeper with each other. Being apart from the people we love offers a unique opportunity to strengthen relationships without relying on physical proximity.

The Bible clearly teaches that we weren’t created to be alone. We need each other. Could we take advantage of no planned activities to be present with the people around us in both joy and mourning?

James 4:8 says “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Could this forced period of quarantine be a time of reconnecting with the Lord in an intimate way?  How does that look in your own life?

May we encourage you to seek opportunities to experience the Holy Spirit’s strength and intimacy in your own life. 1 Peter 5:6-7  says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

It is now on us to make daily choices to enter into community with God and each other in an intentional way.

We pray for meaningful reflections for our community. We pray for the health and safety of our loved ones. And we pray for a deep trust in the Lord’s faithfulness and provision in our lives.