Micah 6 1-8 v 3 “O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me!
Stand up and state your case against me. O my people, what have I done to you? What have I done to make you tired of me? Answer me! Don’t you remember, my people how King Balak tried to curse you and you were blessed instead? When I the Lord did everything I could to teach you about my faithfulness. What can we bring to the Lord? Should we sacrifice our first-born children to pay for our sins? No, O people, this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
Being tired seems to be a constant reality in this post pandemic flu season as our children and grandchildren suffer from one sickness after another. Trying to ramp up our physical activity as the workplace, schools and businesses remain open and the regular flow of life returns after we have found a new rhythm staying home is a challenge. Our community life including how we see and reach out to God has changed. Can you hear God saying to us” What have I done?” Are you tired of Him too?
Remember the peace and fellowship of zoom services, dinners, and chat sessions. Remember the healing of sickness and the loving support of friends and neighbors as they delivered meals to nourish us, called us to help with isolation and picked up groceries.
What do we need to do to show God we still care about Him? Return to the endless meetings about church budgets? Continue with children’s time when there are no children in church? Sacrifice our own time and talents to perform to dwindling numbers in traditional church settings?
What does the Lord require of you? To do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
Rejoice in the new places you have found to worship. Support your neighbors in the new communities that have emerged and look for the places where God is and join Him there.
Prayer: Holy Father as we follow you in the new post pandemic order show us the good things we need to continue and give us the strength for this work. Help us to live compassionately with our neighbors as we show them your love. Amen