During this pandemic, many of us have been with our immediate “bubble,” twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With the approaching school year (normally a time when parents are excited for the kids to have someone else to interact with!), the coronavirus is dictating that the at-home learning will continue. And that can cause nerves to fray and our gratitude for one another to be tarnished!
Others of us, however, have continued to be completely isolated from family members. Grandparents and grandkids can still only visit through Zoom or, if possible, outdoors while at a distance. And that wonderful invention of God that communicates deep love, empathy, and grace -- The Hug -- is still not allowed, except for those in your bubble.
Even further from mind, though, are the aunts, uncles, and cousins who live across country or even across the ocean. Today, I encourage you to thank God for the people He has put in your life, whether they are related or not, whether you see them constantly or only virtually, or haven’t thought about them much recently at all. And remember that Jesus cared so deeply for the people around Him that He included them as part of His family. “Here are my mother and my brothers and sisters. For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matthew 12:48)
For your Sunday at-home worship, enjoy an older video of my husband’s uncle, Ray Reussner, and I collaborating on an organ and guitar piece at Bales Organ Recital Hall at the University of Kansas. (And hug those in your bubble who need a hug right about now!)