We recognize that we are all living through unprecedented and uncertain times. This time is especially hard for families in our midst. Schedules are in upheaval. Homes are turning into workplaces and school buildings. Parents are juggling multiple responsibilities. It can seem like you are always swimming upstream. Be encouraged parents, you’ve been given a gift in your church family.
As a church, we are called to help bear each other’s burdens (Gal.6:2). What might that look like? Firstly, we should pray for one another. Take note of the parents in our midst who may feel especially burdened at this time. Pray for them. They need God’s supernatural strength and encouragement. Secondly, our prayers should move us to action. Is there someone you can give a break by offering to watch their kids? Can you offer to be a listening ear to a parent who feels weighed down? Think creatively about ways you can show love to the parents and children in our midst.
This also entails an ability to ask for help. None of us is self-sufficient. Do you need a babysitter? Do you need resources or financial help. Often we have not because we ask not. Your church and its leaders are here to help ease your burden. As much as it’s a blessing to receive, it’s even more of a blessing to give (Acts 20:35). The church is a community of dependence upon God and interdependence upon one another. All of us have the joyful privilege of being the church together and thus giving glory to God.
Parents, you don’t have to parent alone through COVID-19. Your church is here for you and want to help in any way possible. Begin to reach out to the leadership at MHC or someone you are close to in the church to express any needs you may have. And for those who do not have kids in the home, don’t wait for our families to reach out, be proactive in reaching out to see where you can help.
COVID-19 is a unique season where the church can showcase our love for one another to the world. Jesus tells us in John 13:34-35 “Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” When we love and serve one another, we are declaring to the world something of the amazing love we’ve received through the way Jesus has loved and served us. Not only that, but we get to experience God’s love and care through His people. This is a grace for all of us – whether you’re on the serving end or the receiving end.
Let us work together to be built up in love and unity as we care for our families during this time. In the craziness of this ever changing world and in the upheaval of human emotions, we can find comfort in the love of our unchanging God as He cares for us through our church family.
Editor’s Note: This blog post was adapted from Sarah Sousa’s remarks at our members meeting on Aug. 2nd, 2020.