I’ve had a lot of exciting things start in 2020, and so I haven’t been able to post or journal even for a while now. All those exciting things kind of pale into comparison to all the global news that has occurred in 2020. Right now, this Quaran-time is kind of weird on me. There are times self-distancing works and doesn’t work; I’m both alone at times and, at other times, too close to the people around me without an outside world to escape too!!
I’m enjoying seeing the community come together—lots of family pics, inside jokes, wacky stuff, and family videos. I’ve also seen a lot of ‘Please help me, get me out of this house’ as well. It’s crazy if you think about not leaving your house as much. There is no social gatherings, movies, going to the gym. And then there’s just seeing people in your home 24/7 until the unforeseeable future. I mean, you naturally had work or school as a buffer, but the buffer got corona’d, so now what are you going to do?
Matthew 18: 19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
This verse has always been fascinating to me; its usually the go-to verse someone says before a group of people say this big deal prayer. A prayer that only God could miraculously do, and man sometimes it comes through, I mean do you realize how many times this verse was spoken over for a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl win last year…. and then it happened. In all seriousness, this is a go-to verse when praying out of need, out of severity, which is a time we find ourselves in now. But I want to offer a different perspective to this verse than what is more widely thought of. If you take a step back, you see this verse follows Jesus talking about relational sin and how to reconcile even if it isn’t your fault. Then it is followed by peter asking Jesus how many times should we forgive, and Jesus basically says A LOT, and then goes into a parable about how bad it is not to forgive someone.
What I want to point out is that the power of prayer and gathering together in Jesus’ name is more focused on showing love and forgiveness to one another. There is such an emphasis from the Teacher that we should show respect to people and be kind that He would say that the power of Heaven and the Father comes into agreement with you when you are in UNITY with one another in His name. I mean, one of Jesus’ last prayers before He knew He was going to die, Father may all of them be one, as You and I are one.
These are crazy times; fear and uncertainty are in abundance. Family and friend units are close together, maybe even a little too close for comfort. But let comfort be overrated in light of what the Teacher says, be one, love, and forgive. I think that the power and the miracles we are all hoping for will come when people and communities come together and let go of comfort for the sake of love, forgiveness, and support of each other.