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Good afternoon friends. I'm writing to you from my home office. To slow the spread of COVID-19 in my community, I've decided to practice social distancing for the next two weeks. Today is day 2 of social distancing for me.


This means I'll be working from home. And leaving my home only to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, and (hopefully) for an afternoon walk. I plan to stay connected with folks online and on my phone. I hope this blog is one way we can stay connected with each other even when we aren't physically present with each other. 


Yesterday marked the Third Sunday in Lent for western Christians. This means we are about halfway to Easter Sunday. This morning I was reflecting on the passage from Isaiah that I preached on on the First Sunday in Lent. It is from Isaiah 58:6-7.

Isaiah proclaims: 


“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?


When I preached on this passage just three short weeks ago, I had no idea that the fast I would choose for Lent would be to close the church, move worship online, and not leave my apartment for two weeks. This isn't the fast that I want, but it is