Polly and I have lived through two major floods: 1994 in Albany, Georgia & 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. The roof was torn of our church building in Antioch, Tennessee by a tornado.
Natural disasters can be easily observed. Some can even be anticipated with enough warning (thank you, local weather people!) that many lives can be saved.
But you can't see a virus. You have to make a judgement call. How exposed to potential risk will you allow yourself, and your children ... and your aged parents ... to be, and for how long? Who will you trust?
We made a judgement call about canceling our church service on Sunday. On one level it really wasn't all that hard: everyone else was doing it, and for legitimate medical & safety reasons, and to comply with governmental recommendations / mandates. Kind of a no-brainer when so many good reasons are stacked so tightly and so tall. We do not want to the put the Lord to the test by taking foolish risks.
Yet I grieve, nonetheless. I miss being with my brethren on Sunday.
In the coming days we will develop a plan for delivering our teaching, and different forms of worship, online. We will do this either through streaming smaller "live events" or recording devotionals, sermons, prayers, scripture readings, songs, testimonies, interviews. We don't know what all we'll do, but we will not be idle.
Expect to hear more by Tuesday afternoon.
For today, I have recorded a devotional. God is in control. We will not be fearful. We will be faithful. We will find ways to serve.