Greetings Pathway Family!
If you read the executive order from Governor Whitmer, you are probably aware of the things I will share next. If you have not, let me talk briefly about some of the impact of this order on our lives.
What we SHOULDN’T do.
We are to refrain from “all public and private gatherings of any number of people occurring among persons not part of a single household”. This is a difficult pill for individuals and a community to swallow. While we may not be arrested (willfully violating the directive is considered a misdemeanor) for ignoring or treading around the “gray” area of this directive, we have been asked to do this, and it is appropriate for us to follow the directive wholeheartedly for the good of our entire society. Romans 13 outlines for us how we are to respond, even to the “difficult pills”, that the governing authorities establish for us.
“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.”
As much as we live and thrive on face to face fellowship with friends, relatives and church family, we have a duty to abide by the order. It seems the better we abide by the order and practice proper “social distancing”, the sooner this will be behind us!
What we SHOULD do!
It is OK to go and care for the vulnerable people among us and around us. This executive order has specific exemptions in it for those who are actively caring for those around them who need outside help. If you believe that you have not been exposed to the virus and are healthy, it is RIGHT for you, using as much precaution as possible to not transmit any infection, to care for those in your church family and community who need your help.
Spend extra time in the Word and in prayer.
Worship and praise and focus on God’s great goodness.
Engage in family worship. If you journal, record the things God is teaching you.
Listen for His voice and direction as you have this unhindered time.
Connect with people. We have wonderful technology at our disposal to interact with people without physical contact. Call, text, email, or video chat with those around you. Check up on one another. Pray with and for each other. Make it a daily goal to connect with a few people outside of your own family!
Embrace this time as a “ministry platform”. You may find people much more willing to listen to words of our need for Jesus and His love and forgiveness for us in these days of upheaval.
Your greatest mission field and ministry opportunity is the people with whom you may be sharing space for the next several days. Love deeply. Laugh heartily. Have deep conversations about things that really matter. Build relationship. Serve one another.
Peace and Blessing,
Keep an eye on this page of our website for resources and connecting points! https://www.pathwaychurch.today/homestudy