We have volunteers who are writing cards. Perhaps there is someone in your community who might find encouragement in receiving a friendly card. Zoom works surprisingly for worship, Bible study or even a conversation over tea. If you are needing some technical advice, there are members of the board who can help. If you know of someone who might benefit from a phone call, just let me know.
Scripture Hebrews 13:1-2
"Keep loving each other like family. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, because by doing so some have been hosts to angels without knowing it."
Yet, the instructor did not know that we were signing on. He kept going, thinking that there were only a couple of people with him. It wasn't until the end of the class, when he switched the view on his screen, that he learned there were many more attendees than he realized. It was a blessing to see the look of delight on his face when he discovered that we had been with him all along.
We humans are deeply intertwined in more ways that we can possibly imagine. Hopefully, Christians are aware that when we greet one another, we do so in Christ, and most faith traditions recognize that when we greet someone, we are greeting the sacred within. Sometimes, like my instructor on Thursday, we simply do what God is calling us to do, even when we think no one (or almost no one) is there. I often rely on the saying, "We do the best we can and leave the rest to God." We can trust God. And if we think we are all alone or what we do does not matter, maybe we simply need to change our view. There are indeed angels and blessings all around.
I once was able to pray with a group of women who had been praying together for 60 years. They concluded their weekly gatherings with this hymn. May we all show such steadfast devotion.
Rev. Sue Ann Yarbrough, Associate Pastor
San Lorenzo Community Church, United Church of Christ