Week of: April 12, 2020
Scripture: Colossians 3:1-4
Therefore, if you were raised with Christ, look for the things that are above where Christ is sitting at God's right side. Think about the things above and not things on earth. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.
(Colossians 3:1-4, CEB)
COVID-19, coronavirus. What a difference just a few days can make in our specific communities. I don't know about you, but I have had to change my entire mindset about my routine and my workload. As a musician, I depend on the congregation, certainly not "social distancing!" I prepare with various vocal and instrumental ensembles on a weekly basis; we gather for worship or a community performance. All of these things depend on togetherness. We come together to sing, act, and dance, and we depend on others to come to watch, or hopefully join in! We aren't used to the distance. We aren't used to not being busy.
So, what can I do? What can we do? Are our gifts useless in these days of uncertainty? No. Now is the time to use our creative passions. This is a pivotal moment in our world's history, so it's a pivotal moment as a Christian. We are seeing people come together to deliver food and resources to those who would not otherwise have them, but how can art have an impact? U2's Bono is quoted as saying, "Music can change the world because it can change people." Art brings humanity.
I challenge you to think of ways to bring your spiritual, artistic gifts to those around you while still "distancing" your physical body. We are experiencing a time in our culture where we don't have much of an option but to be reliant on our great God! We will see God use us to do great things. In our calling to use our gifts, we can be hopeful that we are working towards a resurrection, preparing to be revealed in Christ's glory.
Lord, we pray that you will give us certainty in these uncertain times. We pray that you will give us peace and hope, and help us find healthy and safe ways to be the light in our communities. Amen.
Cristen Renee Mitchell
Director of Music Ministries
Blacksburg United Methodist Church
Photo: Close-up of an Easter Lily. (Pixabay.com photo by Maurisa Mayerle.)