Five Ways to Bless Your Community During COVID-19
On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Now that churches have shut down and people have begun social distancing as a way to combat the spread of coronavirus, you might think there is little to do for your neighbors. But the Christian church has a long history of compassion during pandemics. God’s people can speak into these times with a unique perspective, courageous hearts, and wise hands as many around us are in a state of panic. Here are five ways you can bless your neighbors during this crisis:
- Find creative ways to communicate with your community. Search for Facebook neighborhood groups. Send cards in the mail, or leave notes on doors promising to pray.
- Pray daily for those affected. Pray for peoples’ livelihood, their fears, and their loved ones. Pray for those working in hospitals. As often as you can, mention people by name.
- Find creative ways to support your local economies. Be wise, but be generous as well. Here is a great summary of ways to help out local businesses.
- Bless the people you do see with kind words. If you’re out on a walk and pass someone (from a safe distance), consider saying “The Lord bless you,” or some other blessing. You can save the laying on of hands, though.
- Be ready for whatever comes next. Pray that, if the crisis worsens, God would give you clarity about how you can help. Here are some ways you can be helping now.
Whatever you do, remember that whoever bears God’s image is your neighbor. In any way you can, love them as yourselves during these times.