So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
As this cartoon points out, the right balance of location and proximity are very important to our well-being and existence! And in this time of social distancing, so many are beginning to feel the challenges and pain of being distant from loved ones, social groups and gatherings which we want, and yes even need, to have in our lives so that we can live that abundant life in relationship to others that Jesus desires for us.
So while we are remembering to keep a safe physical distance from others, this doesn’t mean that we cannot be in contact with others from afar. Telephone, text, check-in on your loved ones, especially those who are more extroverted and needing those hugs from someone. And while we are soaking up this slower time in our lives, maybe bring back some of the ‘snail mail’ ways of connecting by sending a card or writing a letter or note of encouragement for others. You might even be surprised to find, when looking through Paul’s letters to those early Christians in the New Testament, words that could still be used today to ‘encourage each other and build each other up’!