Daily Devotional 3-18-20

Locked Down? 
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”  John 20:19

Social isolation is already an epidemic in our culture, and now, we have a new phenomenon—social distancing. But, while the former has been negative, the latter is very positive in the wake of the health crisis that is threatening the world right now. We are being encouraged to do something we would normally do, so we can mitigate the spread of the virus. Social distancing is difficult but we’ve got to do it. 

Jesus’ disciples were locked down for fear of the Jews. They forgot all that their teacher had taught them. They were people like us—one minute we are full of faith, the next minute we are running for cover. They were not just physically locked down, but more so, their faith was “locked behind” closed doors. They were experiencing an unprecedented situation. Their future was uncertain. But, the good news was that Jesus appeared amid their lockdown. He joined them in the very space they took refuge.

For most of these days, you may have to recluse. But don’t lock down your faith in Christ.

The history of our faith reveals many followers of Christ who were locked behind bars, at homes, etc., as part of persecutions, but they kept their faith in God going and strong. In those days, they kept true faith community: they cared and provided for each other, as they desired to show love.  We, also, have the opportunity to let the beauty and the light of our faith shine for such a time as this. Yes, the little light of yours can still shine. And, this pandemic cannot take it out.  

Christ’s presence is felt closer when we are most fearful!

PRAYER: As a hen broods over her chicks, so do we pray, that you may brood over us in this season, oh Lord. May we experience your blessings of protection, peace, and healing.