Christians & Coronavirus:
Staying Connected in Christ
MARCH 31, 2020
How many people do you know who live alone? Now that we are being asked to stay at home and those who are at risk have been asked this from the start, how do we stay connected? At first, phone calls seemed to be the way to do this and then the light bulb went off and illuminated the fact that we have technology to do more.
Recently, my sister set my mom up with a smart phone because she is one of those who is in the high-risk category and hasn’t been out since the second week of March. We’ve all been reaching out in a new way and video chatting with her. It’s been fun seeing her face instead of just hearing her voice and she is thrilled to be able to connect with her family and friends again. As much joy as we received, it was tenfold for her. It was as if she had regained her sight. Jesus said” What do you want Me to do for you?" And he said, "Lord, I want to regain my sight!" (Luke 18:41) Such an everyday thing we take for granted is staying connected, and visually seeing people is a vital part of that.
So I challenge you… Dig out your old iPad, iPhone or android that you have discarded for a newer model. Clear it off, set it up with some video apps and contact information for your loved ones’ friends and family and take it to them. Video calls will work on WiFi without paying for a plan. There are many options out there including:
Maybe you have the Go To Meeting app for your office; that works too. Reach out to each other virtually!
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
St. Andrew Parishioner & Associate of Religious Education