As it turned out, the return to in-person Church was harder than people imagined.
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.” (John 17:24, NIV 1984).
“The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you.” (1 Kings 8:27, NIV 1984).
“A time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23–24, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “The kind of worshippers the Father seeks.” What kind is that? If God does not live in temples built by hands, then we the Church will not be frustrated by the inability to gather together. The government may declare that a Church is non-essential, but that does not diminish our ability to “worship in spirit and in truth.” Yes, it will be nice to come together once again, but the Church is not now, nor has it ever been, defined by a building.
My Advice – Let’s be thankful for the ability to gather together virtually. And, as the restrictions on gatherings are gradually lifted, consider getting a small group to come together (if you are able) in your home and watch your Church’s service together on the internet. “Where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20–21, NIV 1984). Be wise and courteous, by following CDC guidelines for safe gatherings.