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We are not prisoners of war, but we are in a forced confinement by an enemy. In this case, a microscopic virus undetectable by the human eye. We are not in our sanctuary; we are in our homes. We will not be passing the bread down the pew; or the juice either for that matter. Many of you will be where two or more are gathered in His name. Others will be without human companionship, but you will not be alone for we are all one in God’s Spirit.

This Sunday is one full of jubilation as we celebrate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. During this time of social distancing, we simply can't come together in one physical space. And yet, as Christians, we are joined together in spirit and will continue to worship virtually.

Remember that the love of God is filling our hearts now. The Holy Spirit abides with us now. We have strength and hope now as well as in the future.

These days of forced social distancing strike at the heart of our ministry in ways we all find ourselves grieving at the moment. And yet, we are still trying to meet the very real and increasing needs of the most vulnerable in our community.

These are some of the toughest days of parenting I’ve experienced. They say “It takes a village to raise a child.” But when you’re quarantined in a house, if feels like you are the village all rolled in one.