Thoughts from your Regional Minister
By Steve Martin, Regional Minister and President
If you are like me, you’re amazed that we’ve been alerted to the reality that the Coronavirus is here, and a very real threat! And, if you’re anything like me, you may be very irritated that our world has been turned into chaos. The activities in which we participated, and which provided order and meaning for our lives have for the most part been removed for an indefinite time.
Some things I don’t mind missing, like an alarm clock, and the need to dress for business. Yes, I can function from my home, but it is very different and takes much more energy for me to create some sort of order. I find myself vacillating over what to do (or not do); over what matters, and what doesn’t. In short, I’m very frustrated and it is simply no fun!
Once I get over myself, and decide to do something meaningful, I begin to realize that this life is very much a social construct. And, that God – who is the One who makes order out of chaos – is NOT bothered by this minor interruption in our lives. There are ways to get through it for sure! Here is what I recommend:
- Find something which you can create to ease the difficulties of others. Some are sewing face masks. Check with a local hospital and see what their needs are.
- Keep in touch with friends and loved ones. Neighbors are gathering in lawn chairs, with the acceptable social distance between each, and an hour of visiting with some laughs can make a big difference!
- Do not overlook the resources of your church. What about a prayer meeting via Zoom? Congregations are finding ways to connect and support you via electronic communication. Do not overlook these newer resources.
I’m sure that list could easily be expanded. What I hope is that we will take the threat seriously, and at the same time be positive about getting past what seems like a crisis. Perhaps this disruption will teach us new ways to think and act. The world has known bigger dangers, and, we serve a God who has not left us. God’s loving presence is with us regardless of the condition of our world.
I do hope to see you soon. Many prayers and blessings!
P.S. My recent trip to Buffett Cancer Center in Omaha showed there are NO Leukemia cells, and other than my low white count, they consider the transplant a success. I appreciate greatly the many cards, the well-wishes from many, and your support through this entire ordeal. I am also grateful for our Regional Staff who have carried on without me from time to time and have done their best to keep our ministries running smoothly.