If quarantine has reminded me of anything so far, it’s that God made us as social creatures. The God Who is community in Himself (Father, Son, Spirit) made us in His image. We, therefore, are made for community. Which also means embodiment. God is not too good for the nitty-gritty, but entered into human flesh in the person of His Son, Jesus of Nazareth. Embodiment and community, two things that are frustrated right now. I never thought I’d be living through a global pandemic (I’m sure none of you did either!). And I’m missing the Body that is Christ’s, the Church community. Both because it’s true community and I love you all, and because virtual prayer/worship cannot truly satisfy the way being there in Sunday worship/Bible study can and does satisfy. Real life is embodied life, with all the limitations and frustrations and frailty. But thanks be to God, He has given our bodies hope through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. He has also made us one people in Christ’s Body, on the Cross and in the Church. So I pray for you all that you would remember that truth while cooped up. I pray you find rhythms and schedules, down time, naps, and motivation to get work done that needs to get done. I also pray you make time to pray. I also ask you pray for me for the same things. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak; and we all need God’s Spirit during this time to strengthen our spirits to be diligent, self-giving, conscious of others, and faithful in the little things of our days, especially now.
(More here on embodied worship)