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As we enter into post pandemic era, many are trying to return to pre pandemic normalcy, trying to seize every opportunity to catch up with what they had lost. Hence, vehicles on the road are getting more, malls are crowded with people, more plans for overseas travels or some are back from overseas to visit their families and relatives, the flows of people seem never ending.
Everyone has different goals to pursue in a new year. The most precious thing of all is we did not miss any opportunity to serve with love and care during the pandemic, no one we assisted was forgotten. In this era where nothing stays unchanged, we did not strive forward alone, but chose to support and accompany the needy.
The recent flood that caused by the Monsoon rain, has become a regular annual incident, people are getting used to it. Disaster came in second, nobody managed to secure their own premises. No matter natural disaster or human cause disaster, disaster in this world would never cease to exist; nevertheless, in these dark hopeless moments, we still able to see many heart-warming event taking places. When we are in good times, we seldom give thanks, we take things for granted and are not aware of what transpired or what we had enjoyed all these while? But when things turn bad, many will ask, why does God allow these things to happen to me? Our humanity is being tested in times of ups and downs. How should we exert our influence in mutual support and keeping a heart of compassion?
A pastor told me that after the pandemic, there was only 40% of his congregation return to their church service. He kept thinking of ways to encourage them to return to their church service. One day, it dawned upon him that the number of people who received Manna Food bags were almost the same as those who absent from their church service. He felt relieved immediately, and realised that this is the reason why the church need to care for and serve their community.
In the book of Hebrews in the Bible, Chpt. 10:25 “not forsaking our own assembling together, … “is commonly use to encourage Christians to return to church’s service. However, I prefer verse 24 over verse 25, which stated “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” Because, not everyone can accommodate church services schedule, but everyone can do good works with love!
After the pandemic, we should be more appreciative of our lives and grab the opportunities, from individual crisis, poor families’ needs or major disaster of a community, we should be able to see our responsibilities in others need.
In post pandemic era, You and I have our own responsibilities to observe.
圣经<希伯来书>10章25节“你们不可停止聚会......” 被广泛使用于劝勉基督徒要回到教会聚会。但我更喜欢 24节 “又要彼此相顾，激发爱心，勉励行善” 。因为，不是人人都能配合出席聚会的时间，但人人都能以爱心行善！