March 2020 everything changed. The world went into lockdown. Only essential businesses were allowed to stay open. Grocery stores, hospitals, police and fire stations, doctors’ offices for emergencies only, were some of the very limited openings.
Churches were told that they had to close. The doors to places of worship were locked and some continue to remain closed even today. For months church was watched on line or on TV. Then Zoom entered the picture and we could connect through the computers.
In every aspect, it’s been challenging.
So, I can join with David’s sentiments, “I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem. Jerusalem is built like a city that is closely compacted together. That is where the tribes go up—the tribes of the Lord—to praise the name of the Lord according to the statute given to Israel.” Psalm 122:1-4
David was glad when he could go to the house of the Lord. He rejoiced.
The first Sunday back to our churches was different. Some went to drive-in. Some went to chairs six feet apart. Some met outside in lawn chairs. And most wore masks. But for me, when I was finally able to attend in person, tears filled my eyes. I can’t imagine the churches around the world that face persecution and death if they are caught meeting. Today, things are still different but no matter where we are, no matter what we face we can be glad when we can enter God’s special house of worship and join with other believers to praise the name of the Lord.
Lord, help us to never take our freedom to gather as believers for granted. We love You and want to praise Your name in corporate worship. Amen.