Category Archives: Chapel Reflections

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Spiritual Unity in the Body of Christ

In this time of social distancing many people are wondering about the impact of all this on their life in the church. They’re concerned that they will no longer have a place of sanctuary to go to, a place of peace, a place of fellowship. Some are concerned that if they miss church, they will be missing out on an opportunity to experience the Kingdom of God. To those people, I say, let’s look at this thing with
fresh eyes.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus told his disciples that the Kingdom of God is among us (Luke 17:21). It resides in the hearts and souls and minds of each and every believer. The Apostle Paul referred to the church as the body of Christ. He told the church
in Ephesus that we are all one in the Spirit. One body. One spirit. One faith. One Lord. One baptism. One God the Father of all, who is above all, through all, and in all and all (Ephesians 4:3). In other words, God is everywhere. And God is  with you. And God is in you, even now as you shelter in place.

So while we are not able to worship in a brick-and-mortar building because we are ordered to maintain our social distancing, there will be no spiritual distancing among us. The church is still vibrant. Today, we come together to touch and agree, spirit to spirit.

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Faith in the Stillness

Psalm 46:10 says, “be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” This scripture is so applicable to our present situation.

It has not escaped my attention that this year the Lenten season coincides with the COVID-19 outbreak. Both occasions call for prayer and sacrifice. During this pandemic and even throughout the Lenten season, we’ve had to strip down to the bare bones and take a no nonsense approach to life.

Through it all, we’ve learned to embrace new ways and new things that keep us safe and help us to survive. We’ve had to be still, relying on our faith to sustain us. And we’ve had to wait.

We don’t know how long it will take for this pandemic to run its course. But we have a certain confidence that God is on our side.

In Jeremiah 29:11, God speaks through the prophet: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

God loves us and has our best interest at heart. Believers make no one mistake about this. So, we stand on God’s word today. We continue to trust God‘s eternal plan. And we acknowledge God’s sovereignty.

Let’s continue to come together in a virtual environment to support one another. In doing so, we will help each other endure until we get to the other side of this pandemic. While we shelter in place, we will be still and affirm that God is in control.

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Illuminating the Darkness

Scripture Focus

Psalm 139:11-12 (NLT) 11 I could ask the darkness to hide me and the light around me to become night— 12  but even in darkness,  I cannot hide from you. To you, the night shines as bright as day. Darkness and light are the same to you.

Reflection on Scripture

Last week in Sunday school, we discussed the nature of light and dark. It came out in our discussion that scientists have discovered that what we perceive as darkness actually contains tiny particles called neutrinos, which are slivers of light that pass through the entire universe. The presence of neutrinos has been detected through experiments using large pools of water or oil. As neutrinos interact with electrons contained in the water or oil molecules, they give off flashes of light.

I say WOW to scientific revelations! But before scientists “discovered“ light in the darkness, the scripture had addressed this phenomenon in more than a few places. For example, in Psalm 139:11-12 a writer observes that darkness cannot hide from God. The night shines as the day. To God, both darkness and light are alike. Moreover, the gospels assure us that darkness cannot overcome the light (John 1:5). God can find us, even in the dark!

Prayer Response

Eternal God, thank you for your presence everywhere and in everything. I rest assured in knowing that, no matter what I’m going through, you will find me. You will embrace me with your light that cannot be overcome, even in my darkest hour. Thank you, Lord. Amen.

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