A big part of the conversation right now is about two things: moving forward with life with/after the virus and Mother’s Day. There’s a new level to trying to understand what comes next and how we live after the virus, how we interact with each other, how we work, how we shop and how we share this world. There’s also been a big change for many families when it comes to being able to provide for them and what happens when people are out of work. It’s important to have serious conversations like this occasionally, but hopefully we don’t have to have too many of these serious conversations in our lifetimes.
But in truth much of the conversation is something we discuss on a regular basis because transitions and change are a regular part of life and family (blood or chosen) is an important part of our lives. But it’s taken a big crisis to get us all really considering and talking about what we want our future to look like, what the best future looks like for all of us, how we can support each other better, how we can be better prepared, and where God is in all of this. There aren’t easy answers, nor are there any guarantees, but even as people of faith we know that life doesn’t come with guarantees outside of the two that God loves you and will be with you always. Faith doesn’t mean special privileges or get-out-of-stuff-free cards, but it can give us some wisdom about what’s next and how to move forward and how to be in relationship with others.
1 Thessalonians 4:10 says “Indeed, you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia. Even so, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you to love them even more.”
This verse is interesting because you don’t often hear it said that you should love even more. We talk about abundant love or limitless love and the importance of love and being loving, but not loving more. It lines up with the idea of ‘seventy times seven’, which results to a calculable 490, but the sentiment behind the phrase was to indicate a number that didn’t seem realistic. So here we’re being asked to not only choose love, but to choose love in greater abundance and frequency than may seem normal.
Love doesn’t require being physically together or being able to see each other’s mouths. Love doesn’t have a time constraint or quantifiable cost to it. And the rewards for us for loving and the rewards others receive from our love are too many to count. As we work through the rest of this transition and challenge related to the virus, I encourage you to go with love, share love, encourage love, and when in doubt choose love.