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Do you have any idea how significant our words are right now? God has us here, at this time, in the middle of a pandemic, writers with skill, all for a significant reason.
In this time of social distancing, of flattening the curve, of choosing to confine ourselves in order not to harm one another by spreading this new virus, COVID-19, the writing of words is crucial. Though homebound, we’re able to stay in touch through texts, posts, tweets, letters, and messages. Via Facetime, Zoom, and other platforms, we stay connected.Do you have any idea how significant our words are right now? God has us here, at this time, in the middle of a pandemic, writers with skill, all for a significant reason. #CoVid19 #WritingCommunity Click To Tweet
We can’t meet for coffee. Our churches can’t gather. We can’t dine in a restaurant. But, we can write words and gather together electronically, speaking to one another from a distance.
Social media usage rates are up by 50%. Twitter has become an even more significant place to interact. Along with Facebook, Instagram, and others, these provide opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Here we offer God’s Word. We write the grace-filled encouragement that others need in order to keep going, to process their own mortality, and to know they aren’t alone. Cries of distress are sounding from souls who are afraid, who are abandoned, who need hope.
We have the ability to encourage one another from afar, to admit our own struggles, to build community with those who need someone to listen, to hear what troubles them as they exist all alone at home. This is the time to read and to hear what others are saying. This is the time to offer to pray and to type that prayer out into the next tweet or comment. This is the time to console, to encourage.Cries of distress are sounding from souls who are afraid, who are abandoned, who need hope. We have the ability to encourage one another from afar, to build community with those who need someone to listen. Click To Tweet This is the time to read and to hear what others are saying. This is the time to offer to pray and to type that prayer out into the next tweet or comment. This is the time to console, to encourage. #COVID19 Click To Tweet
This is also the time to soften this tragedy with humor. From a distance with family members, we scrolled through one after another ridiculous joke at the expense of the toilet paper hoarders. Lighthearted memes poking at the silly amidst the deadly serious cause us to laugh, to share these with one another. They provide another way to form and to sustain community from afar.
But now, we’re deeper in. We’re going to be here for a while, so both humor and gravity are required. A couple of weeks was initially predicted, but now officials are building hospitals in football stadiums and calling up state National Guard units to help. There’s no humor here. We pray. We write the truth, avoiding unsubstantiated anecdotal information that provokes misunderstandings. We pen serious, factual, grace-filled content.We write the truth, avoiding unsubstantiated anecdotal information that provokes misunderstandings. We pen serious, factual, grace-filled content. #WritingCommunity #COVID19 Click To Tweet
This may play out longer than we expected. If we get a reprieve in the summer, we may all dance in the streets and hug strangers who pass by at the moment of our release from captivity.
We hope and pray our human losses are few. We pray our future holds an economy which hasn’t collapsed entirely, employment once again for those laid off, a surge in wages, and, by the grace of God, a vaccine for COVID-19, transforming it into another seasonal illness like the flu.
Can we hold on? We must.
Pray for strength. Be kind to one another. Use gentle voices, no matter the discomfort and provocation of close quarters. Give one another grace. Remember our ancestors one hundred years ago, who faced their own pandemic. Following their example, stay calm and carry on.Pray for strength. Be kind. Use gentle voices, no matter the provocation of close quarters. Give one another grace. Remember our ancestors one hundred years ago, who also faced a #pandemic. Stay calm and carry on. Click To Tweet
Our feelings will not shatter us, for the Savior is with us. We focus our hearts and minds on him. He has the power to save us and to carry us through, no matter the outcome. He’s with us in the fearful middle-of-the-night moments, in the brave “I got this” moments, and in the moments when we may find ourselves or a loved one sick, precious lives cradled gently in Jesus’ strong hands. He never leaves us. He never forsakes us.
Our responsibility now is to write about him, engaging in real conversations with real people who are terrified and who want to know Jesus better. Use humor. Use compassion. Within the walls of your confinement, use the words God gives, writing of his grace.
How are you reaching out to others with your words? How are you responding? How are you yourself doing in this crisis time?
YES! So much truth here Melinda. We must be the voice of faith and peace in the middle of all that is taking place right now.
Thanks for stopping by to comment, Brittany. What a commission we’ve been given in such a time as this!
Melinda, love this message. It is powerful to consider our words as both writers and believers always and especially right now. How we offer inspirational and uplifting posts to encourage others and give grace while pointing others to the hope we have in Christ. In Christ, we go from hope-less to hope-filled.
It’s an important time to be writing, to be transparent, to be helpful, and to offer encouragement. Social media provides a great platform for doing that, and it also provides us with encouragement as well.
This is a much needed charge for all of us, Melinda, and such an appropriate response. I appreciate how you are mindful of the bigger picture in your posts. I had someone yesterday say she appreciates my Facebook posts during this time. I also posted a chat to my son’s hockey team a 4 or 5 days ago asking how everyone is doing and if I can pray for anyone. I got silence for a few days and finally yesterday a bunch of parents replied as a check-in. One needs prayer (though she didn’t specifically state that). And one of the parents will also be setting up a Zoom meeting for the team members to connect. Yes, our words and our interaction is needed. Much needed.
We are positioned as writers for exactly such a time as this. During our preparation and growth as writers, we had idea what the future held, but God did. Isn’t it glorious, Stephen, that the Lord would use even us to share kindness and encouragement at this time!
This is such a good post about how now is the time we should particularly rise up and show God’s love and grace and truth in whatever we write, how we respond and comment. It reminds me of how the early church behaved in such a way – staying with the sick, helping the widows, outcasts, orphans – that people noticed them and wondered what was different about these people. Many came to Christ because of their loving behaviour.
I had not thought about this so thanks for pointing it out. It is an important time for us as bloggers. With churches closed up, we are the mobilized version sent out to spread His words and helping others find peace in Christ.