This Sunday, we celebrate the festival called Pentecost. Some call it more informally “the birthday of the church.” On this day, Peter and the followers of Jesus were filled with the Holy Spirit and sent out to proclaim the good news to all. Just as we are called today to share the good news with all.
Hard to do now, you may think. But for me, COVID-19, staying at home, all of it has shown me that the small things we do matter.
We can share the love of Jesus in a variety of ways. When we are “staying at home,” it may feel like we are isolated and cannot share the love of Christ except to those who share our homes. But today, I spent an extra 10 minutes on the phone with a customer service agent just chatting about her family, job and loneliness. I over-tipped my pizza delivery man, too, in gratitude for his willingness to work and deliver hot food. I called a few people on my list, just checking in and making sure they were ok. I shouted at my neighbor’s daughter, “Happy Birthday!”, when she was sitting in her front yard across the street. I prayed as the fire trucks raced by my home a few nights ago. I deliberately walked across the street, allowing the family on the sidewalk the right of way, and keeping social distancing rules in place.
I know—that is a lot of “I” statements above. But examples were necessary to share. For you to understand that the small stuff matters. Not once did I say as I did these things, “I do this for Jesus.” Because I love God and I am grateful for Jesus—I do the small stuff in gratitude and to share the blessing.
So, no—unlike the first Pentecost, we are not being sent out to travel the world and share the news of Christ to those who do not believe. Not this year, anyway. But we can, and should, share the love of Christ through the smallest of actions each and every day. I know you can think of your own ways to do this, to the best of your resources and ability. Be creative, listen to the Spirit as it guides you, and remember that God is in the details. The small stuff matters.
My prayers and love are with you always, I look forward to the day when I see you all again.
I pray until then you keep safe and healthy.
Blessings and peace to you and your loved ones,