If you would have asked me back in March if I thought I'd still be writing about things related to the covid-19 pandemic in October, I don't think I would have believed you. But...here we are.
Last week we had yet another state of the church webinar. A time when we gather together online to share information and updates on all that's been happening both in front of and behind the scenes at Christ the King. These webinars have become an important way for us to communicate all the things we have going on at Christ the King.
Each webinar includes a question and answer time. A time when those who are watching the webinar can type in any questions they have on their mind in the moment, and those of us who are on screen respond to those questions the best we can. Honestly, this month was the first time the tech part of the question and answer session worked as it was supposed to -- sometimes it's a real adventure to get technology to do what you want it to. Let me tell you though...I was SO glad it all worked, because through the Q&A time, we got to hear about how God is working through one of our members to bring love into the world.
During the Q&A time, someone submitted not a question, but a story. She shared how during this time of social distancing, one of the things she has done to stay connected to her neighbors is to write chalk messages on the walkway in front of her home. She noted how the neighbors seem to appreciate the messages. It was a heart-warming moment in the webinar, but it became so much more warm to me the more I thought about it.
Here's the thing my dear siblings in Christ: WORDS MATTER. The words that we hear and see and say throughout most of our days, are not always the most positive or uplifting words. Honestly, when is the last time you can remember someone saying something positive or encouraging to you? We live in a world where that just doesn't happen as often as it should. So...writing encouraging words in chalk is actually a Christ-filled, revolutionary action that is centered on love for our LITERAL neighbors.
So I'm challenging you this week -- the next time you place a curbside pick-up order from Target or the grocery store (which I hope you're doing to stay safe and keep others safe), do a revolutionary thing and include some sidewalk chalk in your order. From there, think about what your neighbors might need to hear from you. Let them know they are loved, let them know they are spectacular the way God made them, and let the know they MATTER.
Your words on a walkway could indeed go a LONG way that day.
Peace be the journey,