Most of us are familiar with the opening words of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens." Many people believe that this book was written by King Solomon, a man known for his God-given wisdom, and few would disagree with that opening line because we've all generally experienced this central truth - no matter what we're going through in life - "This too shall pass"! Possibly one of the most difficult realities that we are currently facing is found in verse 5, which reminds us that there is: "a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing". It saddens me that we are being deprived of a season of such a basic human need; the warmth of physical touch. Last Sunday afternoon I got a text from a wonderful young lady, asking me if I was still at the church because she wanted to drop off a gift that she had made for me. I waited by the side doors of the church while she came to the edge of the parking lot to place on the ground a bag containing an absolutely beautiful painting that she had made just for me. There was also a wonderfully comforting scripture written on the back of the canvas. From a distance of maybe 25 feet, we exchanged smiles, greetings, and "air hugs". There was much to be blessed by in those moments, but I know for certain that I owe her a "real" hug when this season of isolation has passed. For now, make sure to hug those within your own household tightly, and may you all know that you are being embraced daily in our hearts and prayers and that we are greatly desiring to see you all and hug you all again in the days ahead!
In Christ's love,