In this time of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a unique position to receive the fullness of God’s Spirit into our lives.
On Pentecost, we celebrate God’s dream poured out upon people. In this time of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a very unique position to receive the fullness of God’s spirit into our lives. We hear the witness of people in our communities, in our state, in our nation, and around the world as they suffer in this time. We also hear their deep faith and their invitation to join hands together as the human family to meet the needs which we see in our world.
Over the past several weeks, these are examples of the ways in which we are joining hands with United Methodist people. We have sent funds to Sierra Leone, to Rotifunk Hospital, in order to help people there who are in danger not only from COVID-19 but from malaria and Ebola. We sent funds this week, $5,000, to Shiprock, New Mexico to be of assistance as the Navajo nation experiences this pandemic in a very intense way, more so even than New York City or New Jersey or other places that have been in headline news. We have been in conversation with our partners in Peru and El Salvador. They are also confined to their homes and are in need of food and the basic necessities of life.
In our communities, we are reaching out virtually to our neighbors, calling beloved elders, helping little children get online to do their school work, congratulating those who are graduating in new ways, drive-by celebrations, and virtual parties.
Thank you for your creativity in being God’s Pentecost people.