by: Rich Vaughan
For Star Trek fans, I just made their day (and probably only Star Trek fans understood the above line)! This is a day of reflection as the battle over the election continues, as COVID continues to be in the news and our world, and as life continues with its joys and setbacks.
As you walk through this day let me ask you something: “Is it well with your soul?” (That is the question John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, use to ask to begin their meetings). It is a good question to ask. This year has beaten down a lot of people. We are tired of masks, restrictions and COVID. We are tired of election battles. We are tired of a group of people, who if they do not agree with your thoughts, turn violent as a response instead of discussing the differences. So, is it well with your soul? I have a suspicion that many would respond “no, it is not well with my soul”. So how do we heal our souls? How do we find peace for this day and this time in our lives?
At the risk of sounding like a pastor, you let the Lord into your soul. How do you do that? You get active in live worship services, either in person with COVID precautions or on-line through live streaming or recorded services. You get involved in a Sunday school class and/or a Bible study through Zoom, or again in person with COVID precautions. You read devotions DAILY. You listen to CHRISTIAN MUSIC. You work at it! Just like in any good relationship you have to work at the relationship to keep it strong. Why do we think a relationship with our Lord would be any different? We are disciples. Disciple means “learner”. By design a Christian needs fellowship. We are much better off in a community than solo. COVID & Satan have tried to hurt the church by stopping that. As I looked out on our “in house congregation”, this Sunday I was overjoyed at the strong physical presence we had in our first service and dismayed at the weak presence we had in our second service. Both services were filled with wonderful music praising God. Both had the presence of God’s Holy Spirit. In the second service we even had an infant baptism (welcome Palmer Rose Spivey), a Profession of Faith (welcome Matt Spivey) and a transfer of church membership to Hollands, (welcome Marissa Spivey)! This coming week we are going to be having a service of Thanksgiving! In 2020? Yes, because there is so much to be thankful for! So, is it well with your soul? If not, I know a “soul man” (Jeremy and myself). I know a great place to heal the soul (Holland’s), and if your soul is doing well, I know a great place to help it get even stronger: church! Amen and Amen.
PS: Based on our COVID practices at Hollands UMC, particularly on Sunday mornings, I am convinced that we are a safer place than many grocery stores where everyone touches items and puts them back, safer than big shopping stores like BJ’s, Costco, Lowes Hardware etc., or even dine-in restaurants with all their precautions. Just my thoughts.