April 8, 2020
Hebrews 12:1-3 … “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” vs. 1
The writer to the Hebrews has recounted the faith stories of the ancestors, remembering the tales of their resilience and courage, in order to remind his readers that they were not alone on the great journey of discipleship. He tells them that all people are a part of a great community and have an enormous need for connections and encouragement. The truth of what he writes is becoming crystal clear as we continue to deal with the presence of COVID-19 throughout the world.
We’re sheltering in place and self-quarantining—not so much for our own sakes, but for the sake of others. We never know when we might unwittingly spread the virus to some unsuspecting loved one, even if we ourselves have no symptoms. And then there are the thousands of health-workers who daily expose themselves to the disease out of concern for those who are ill. Truly, this horrible time has made us all conscious of the heroes among us, those who selflessly give because others are hurting. Even though we like to think we are strong and independent, beholden to no one—that simply isn’t true. We are one massive global community, united in our fragility, and we are at our best when we run the race of life in unity, with Jesus as our guide.
Thought for the Day: What do we learn from Jesus in the time of a pandemic?