Seeing God in the Simple

Sometimes being the hands and feet of Jesus is as simple as sharing toilet paper…

Or children’s ibuprofen…

Or virtual conversations with friends…

Faith, I miss you already and it’s only been one Sunday. In this time of uncertainty, though, I continue to feel your presence. It’s funny how concerned we on staff are about bringing our church community to you, but you’re reminding us just how good you are at being the Church. As a result, you are blessing our community greatly.

I am slowly reading through the Old Testament. Today’s reading was Leviticus 19. In it God is clear about how to best love our neighbor. Verse 18 struck me today:

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.”

In Leviticus 19, much like the rest of the book, God gives His people law after law. I do not think it a coincidence God would have me read a chapter which demonstrates so clearly what it means to be a good neighbor. Verse 18 reminds me of the New Testament when Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

We love because God is love and He demonstrates His love through His body, the Church. Today God showed me love through members of our small group at Faith. Our family is low on toilet paper and children’s ibuprofen and our friends quite literally delivered it to our door. I know some of you are offering prayers, money, and goods to others in our congregation and in our community. I see you virtually being the hands and feet of Jesus sharing a funny or meaningful meme, articles offering help from various businesses or non-profits, and donating money to those who need it.

In a seemingly helpless time, you bring me great encouragement, Faith Fam. It’s amazing that in our absence, I have never been prouder to be a part of our community.

As we continue to navigate these unusual circumstances, I pray you will join us in asking God for wisdom in how best to shepherd each of you at this time. I want you to also pray for our community and think of ways we would continue to engage with others while maintaining social distance. And I want to encourage you to keep looking for and acting like Jesus in the simplest of ways.

With You in It,

-Tone Waters, Director of GO & Communications