To prevent the infection and spread of Covid-19, we are practicing “social distancing”. This social distancing separates us from one another. However, in order to successfully practice social distancing, we need the cooperation of the wider society. In a sense, we need to unite together to prevent the spread of the virus and protect society. In this way, we live in the contradiction of “Unity that must be united with each other, distance that must be separated from each other”.
We cannot gather together to worship. Perhaps the first time in the church’s 2000-year history, churches across the world are experiencing an interruption to in-person worship. The various work the church does in addition to Sunday services has also been restricted due to this virus. This is because the church must maintain social distancing.
But we must be one. We must unite. More than ever, as Paul said, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace”(Eph. 4:3) we must become one through prayer. For overcoming the chaos in the world, for those who suffer, for those who are lonely, for those in conflict, for those suffering from economic loss, for those who are losing their health, for those who struggle for democracy, and for the restoration of the church, it is time for us to pray with one heart. Jesus says. “The one who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.”(John 8:29) We are not alone. The Lord is with us.
/ Pastor Cho