Connecting Despite COVID-19

Ephesians 5:16 encourages us to "make the most of every opportunity, for the days are evil." We have an opportunity during the current health crisis to ask the Lord, "What are you doing in your kingdom, and how can we be a part of it?"

Many of you will have lots of time on our hands. There is something remarkable about being forced to... sssslllloooowwww down! Now, you may be one of those people who says, "I hardly have time to read God's word." That has changed now for many of you! So instead of bingeing on Netflix...

Let's connect in this regard and encourage each other to study and pray the Scriptures together. If you want to launch a new reading project, e.g. "I've never read Joel - I'm going to spend a couple of days in that book," feel free to let Peter know, and use him as a sounding board if you like. Or maybe you want to read one of the gospels. Or a psalm a day. Peter would be happy to try to answer any questions you may have, or be your online reading partner.

If you have a stirring insight you'd like to share (or an ordinary one!), or if you just want to let people know what your project is, send it to Peter and he can post it on this page. This page can be a gathering point.

Scripture sharing (add your voice to this!)

Colleen C. shared this prayer, which is full of Scriptural content: "I will praise Him in difficult moments and seek Him in quiet moments. Father, give me a heart of peace and love that I extend to others."

Anna K. is reading Psalms. Her reflection on Psalm 139 - "Thank you God for loving me even when I try to keep secrets from you ... you have known me before I have known myself because you made every part of me; you know my heart and my anxieties; you lead me where to go."

Mark is studying First Timothy. "There's a lot in there!"

Peter and Ruth are studying Hosea. In chapter 1, it seems like God's people Israel can't be His people anymore. But then He gives them (and us) a second chance: "it shall be said to them, 'Children of the living God.' " (1:10)

Ella is going through the One Day at a Time Bible. She came across Isaiah 43:2 the other day, a longtime favourite of hers. It was a great encouragement for her!

John T. has been going through Psalms. He writes, "I have been praying through the Psalms and came to Psalm 4. The bookends of this chapter were very encouraging to me as the virus triggered past traumatic events coming out as anxiety in me, and made it difficult for me to sleep in a panicked state. So I cried out to the Lord using this passage and He was gracious, heard my prayer, and gave me peace to sleep in safety."