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I think I have the beginnings of a Country & Western song — Faithless or Reckless! It came to me while wrestling with our dilemma about suspending public worship and gatherings during the pandemic. Such a predicament.
The tune Mark Miller wrote haunts me still. We used his song, I Believe, as the entrance into worship during Lent some years ago. The words to the song were found written on a wall in Auschwitz:
This is a year that is exposing us to new realities and ways of living together. In an odd way, in our distancing from each other, I’m feeling a connection. I’m wondering how this pandemic might change our whole world. Is it possible this “common enemy” will bring us closer together?
The COVID-19 virus outbreak has called us to make difficult decisions and take unprecedented steps to protect our vulnerable neighbors and perhaps ourselves. With rapidly changing information about the outbreak, pastors and church leaders are having to stay flexible and responsive to new information. Finding the appropriate level of caution and concern is not always clear.