Blessed Sisters and Brothers in Jesus…

Pretty crazy times, right? Lots of uncertainty claims our days.  And now it is almost Fall and that means lots of “start-ups” in a season of “shut-downs.”  It is enough to create an anxiety meltdown.    

In such disconcerting times, I am grateful for the Christ-like servant leader practice of:  

     For Social Health, seek the mutual conversation and

     consolation of other Christians.

Even so, a paradox emerges:  As an introvert, these sheltering-in-place days suit me just fine.  On the other hand, I feel compelled, more than ever, to reach out and connect with friends, family, work colleagues, acquaintances, and even folks I have never met before. 

Why?  Several prompts of the Holy Spirit are inspiring my desire to stay connected…

  • Re-reading of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s “Letter and Papers from Prison.”  While Hitler physically isolated Bonhoeffer from his former life from April 5, 1943 until his hanging on April 9, 1945, he nevertheless continually reached out to people in and outside of the prison.  If this giant of the faith thought it vital to stay connected, his example stirs me to action. 
  • Leaning into Philippians 2:4: “Let each of you look not only to his own interest, but also to the interests of others.” Staying connected is helping me grasp my neighbors’ concerns and situation, further shaping my ability to respond and to pray for them.
  • Learning together:  During these hard times, one of my greatest joys has been gathering virtually with my Servant Leader Journey circle to re-experience Cultivating Faith and Health or to re-convene with my legacy circle colleagues for book study and “mutual conversation and consolation.”          

As you are gearing up for the Fall, what is inspiring you to

stay connected with your sisters and brothers in Christ

in these trying, Zoom-weary days?

Whatever or whoever it is, dear friends, may your pursuit of Christ-like servant living help you keep your eyes on Jesus, your ears open to the Holy Spirit, and your heart firmly grasping the Father’s love.   

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Bill Karpenko, Founder

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