Each month we will
offer a list of action ideas so you can defend, honor, and celebrate Life in your churches and communities. This month, we are looking at serving life during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The outbreak of Covid-19, or Coronavirus,
means we are living in unprecedented times. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are working from home. Schools and daycares are closed. Even churches have been forced to close their doors during this most sacred season of Lent. For many of us, this season of quarantine and “social distance” is simply inconvenient or frustrating. But for other Americans this is overwhelming and frightening—children dependent on school breakfast programs are missing a regular meal, single moms who need daycare services are struggling to care for children and make an income, and elderly people are homebound in fear of being infected. While we know the quarantine measures are necessary for preventing the spread of the disease, this does not minimize the problems caused by these decisions and the needs that now must be filled. This is where the Church can step in and serve the community. First, it should be said that the best way God’s people can serve Life is by making safe choices. If you are part of the
or showing Coronavirus symptoms, don’t go out. If you aren’t either of these, follow handwashing precautions, avoid touching your face, and follow the recommended regulations made by local government officials. God calls us to serve, yes, but He doesn’t ask us to be fool-hardy. If you are being safe and cautious, check in with your neighbors. If they are homebound, make them a meal or do a store run for them. Contact your local pregnancy center to see about childcare needs. Buy gift cards at local restaurants to share with others, as many businesses are still providing take out meals. Create a communication chain to serve home-bound elderly members of your congregation. Be creative! The great thing is that we now have a commodity we are used to having very little of—time. With our busy lives are pared down, and we can really focus serving others. Just because we are being encouraged to not be together doesn’t mean that God’s people cannot “together” serve those who are in need. And we do this not for worldly recognition but because these people’s lives are just as precious now as they were before the Coronavirus outbreak. May we as God’s people be identified as those who served others during a time of fear and uncertainty.