Five Ways to Bless your Brothers and Sisters 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.”
Now that churches have shut down and people have begun social distancing as a way to combat the spread of coronavirus, loneliness looms. But, as brothers and sisters in Jesus, we should be the first of all people to get creative in order to obey the command not to “neglect meeting together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:25).
Here are five easy ways you can encourage your brothers and sisters during this season:
- Call or text them. Get bold. Call someone in the directory you’ve never met. Here are 250 conversation starters to get you going.
- Write them a card. Actual paper, stamps, all of it.
- Pray for them individually by name.
- Bless those more at risk and/or more burdened during this time. Offer to run errands for them, help them set up video chats, make sure they have everything they need, etc. Be generous.
- Find creative ways to connect online. Google has a free chat service, as does Skype. Most all smart phones can video chat. Here is a tutorial on how to use Skype if that is what you choose to use. You can even have a virtual game night.
Let people know in the comments how you are getting creative to stay in community. Remember: stay close to God in this time, and use that love to cast out your fear and live in love for your brothers and sisters (1 John 4:13-21).