All the Law has been fulfilled in a single statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.
Galatians 5: 14
As I read this morning’s Post-Gazette, my heart froze when I read, (regarding Covid 19 in Allegheny County) “The dramatic increase…in recent days shows there is ‘community spread.’…Please stay away from everyone and assume everyone has it.” Those are not the words of a politically motivated fear-monger. That is Dr. LuAnn Brink, the county’s chief epidemiologist, talking to you…and me…all of us.
Stay away from people, has become the new strategy of love. What strange times we live in! Stay away from them, but work harder to love them. If you are concerned or worried about someone in your neighborhood, circle of friends, or church - take the initiative, err on the side of caring too much - give them a call, email, text, facebook post, Instagram message, snapchat, messenger message. You can even send them a letter or post card (yup, they still exist). Staying away from one another does not mean to stop caring for one another.
This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.
Final question – how are you all doing? If you need a trip made to the grocery store or pharmacy, or wherever; if you need to talk or hear a prayer said for you; if you just need to know someone does love you in word and deed – please reach out. OK?
Grace and peace to all,