Words from Martha Aenchbacher

"For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

Yesterday was a different kind of Sunday for God’s children around the world. We’ve entered uncharted territory together, but separately. Worship took place online, in homes, and other spaces. Prayers were prayed, there was music, and good news was proclaimed. We just weren’t in the same room. It struck me as another example of how nothing can separate us from the love of Jesus Christ. I have always found comfort in that verse during times of adversity or uncertainty. I certainly prefer to see you in your favorite spot on Sunday mornings, but it lifted my heart to know we were still able to worship together even if we were in different locations. Paul was often geographically separated from the church families he deeply loved, and so he wrote to them to help them remember their identity was in Christ. It is the love of Jesus Christ that binds us together and gives us strength. He covers the distance with his great love.

It’s Monday, and we are going to be apart again, but we are still together as the church, the beloved body of Christ. Nothing can change that! So let us do all the good we can in all the ways we can as these days unfold. There are new routines to forge, so let them be with our best foot forward. There are new opportunities to love God and our neighbor, so invite someone to help you discover them. Gathering together in our church building isn’t what we thought we’d be giving up for Lent, but in the meantime we will try to do our best handwashing while hymn singing, work on bridge building in our relationships, and learn not to touch our faces while pouring out our hearts to God. Let us faithfully pray for each other and help each other remember that no matter what, God is with us.

-Martha Aenchbacher