March 19, 2020

“There should be no division in the body, but all its parts should have equal concern for one another.  If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each of you is a part of it.”

                                                                                                     Corinthians 12: 25-27


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ at Peninsula United Methodist Church:

One word that has resounded in my ears, and resonated in my heart, recently is the word “together”.  It has been some time since we have heard this word used so often in the course of daily conversations.  Many of them have sounded something like this, “We will all get through this together.”

I find it interesting that, in times of crisis, people have such an amazing capacity to see beyond our differences to our common core of humanity, and are so ready and willing to help and support one another to “get through” the tough times.  We are all held captive by these current circumstances, and we are doing what we can to make life the best it can possibly be for ourselves, our families and for one another.  When we act with this much sacrifice and care for one another, we are living out Jesus’ command to love one another with the unselfish agapé love he first showed to us. It is not earned or deserved, it is freely given.

These difficult times will surely pass, but I pray the unconditional, non-judgmental love and care we have proven we can show one another will live on in and through us. If we can rise above personal, political and societal differences in times of crisis, doing so under the everyday circumstances of “normal” daily living should be a piece of cake for us… or will it?  The choice will be ours to make–let’s choose prayerfully.

With blessings,

Pastor Claudia