If you need me, I am a phone call, text or Facebook message away. Church member, community member, friend or stranger, I am here! HOWEVER, I will be working from home. I was reminded, by a wise and trusted friend last evening to practice what I preach...in a much gentler way! After repeatedly sharing in my sermon yesterday, “ALL WE CAN DO IS WHAT WE CAN DO; FAITH NOT FEAR WILL SEE US THROUGH,” my friend reminded me that I have a wife who struggles with asthma and a preemie granddaughter who has basically been sheltering in place these first (almost) 7 months of her life. I may be just fine if I get COVID-19, but they may not. I would run into a burning building, climb the highest mountain and swim the widest river to save them...i doubt I will ever have to, but I am being told that socially isolating myself as best I can could save their lives. There is no way to guarantee that any of us won’t get this virus, but I will do my part because, all I can do, is what I can do - Faith. NOT-Fear will see me through! Friends, do what YOU can!
Pray, practice social distancing, isolate if you are sick and check on your neighbors frequently. All of these are means of loving one another!
34“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Brian Abbott is a pastor in the Missouri Conference of the United Methodist Church under appointment to Nelson Memorial and Dogwood United Methodist Churches.
Brian has a love of people that had been a lifelong calling which began with a 24-year career as both a social work and a juvenile officer before answering God’s call to ministry.
Brian and his wife, Anna, have four adult children & four grandchildren. They joyfully share their empty nest home with three happy pups who keep them on their toes!