How can we expect those we are walking alongside to flourish – how can we expect our churches to grow – if we are not turning to our Lord and asking him to act?
Sacraments don’t change a person’s state before the Lord. Being intentionally reflective about the Lord’s Supper does not guarantee specific pastoral results. But doing something can help us grasp truths in ways that’s just talking about them can’t. Taking and eating involves our whole body. It invites us to see the gospel truly is for me.
Love demands my presence. It starts by moving towards the older person in my congregation with the expectation of mutual encouragement and friendship, not just care-giving. It requires time, planning and making sure I have a stock of lateral flow tests. With all the demands of the week, I need to be willing to slow down and really see this person as Christ sees them.