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Has the Corona Virus Left You Spiritually Dry?

Not being able to meet in our churches has had negative consequences. Zoom is better than nothing. But nothing compares to meeting in person.

I love praise and worship in my church because I can literally feel the presence of God. The words that we sing pierce my heart. I often hear the Lord speaking to me during this time. But when there is no in-person church service, there is no corporate praise and worship.

If you’re used to attending multiple church services during the week and they’re suddenly all cancelled for months, you might start feeling spiritually dry. The love and fellowship of our brothers and sisters in Christ makes us feel good.

Group praise and worship makes us feel good. Listening to the Word of God makes us feel good. A lot of good feelings result from meeting together in our church building.

Maybe spiritual dryness can be a good thing. We know our relationship with God is not based on feelings. It is based on the Word of God. Maybe we are being tested to determine if our enthusiasm for the Gospel can endure a time of spiritual dryness.

Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon. But in the meantime, remember that the dryness of the desert may be preparing us for something bigger that’s on the way.

Think about it. Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days. Moses was in the desert 40 years! David spent a lot of time hiding in the desert from his enemies before he became the king of Israel. And then there’s Joseph! So God often uses that desert time to do a work in us, preparing us for service.

Our church has opened back up for in-person services, but I have missed 27 Sunday morning services, 29 Wednesday night services, and 29 Sunday School services! I think the devil is jumping up and down in glee thinking he has us on the run!

Of course, we have had zoom and recorded services, and I’m grateful for them, but it just isn’t the same as being together. I hope we have all developed a new appreciation for in-person services of every kind.

Remember Romans 8:28.

“…all things work together for good to them that love God…”

I believe God will work these times together for good, too. In the meantime, if you’re feeling spiritually dry, dig in deeper to God’s Word and prayer. This, too, will pass and we’ll be stronger for it!

“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT

How has the Corona Virus lockdown affected your walk with God?

With Love,

Cindy

This Is My Journey Unscripted.

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25 thoughts on “Has the Corona Virus Left You Spiritually Dry?”

  1. There is nothing like having in person service. I missed the corporate worship. I do believe that the Lord will use this time.
    I truly am happy to be able to go to church and I hopefully will never take meeting together for granted again.

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  2. There is a loss of community. Even though we now are attending Mass in person, we are socially distanced, masked and asked to come and go without gathering in conversation. God created us to love one another and the Church was born in community. There are, of course, graces that can be found in this isolation, not the least of which is a dependence on God. But I pray we are able to regain our community soon.

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    1. I agree. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Tim. Our church is taking the same precautions as yours. But I noticed that people are standing around talking for a long time (with their masks on, of course!) Blessings Tim!

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  3. Hi Cindy, I think what I find the hardest to deal with is the animosity that arises from differences of opinions, within the body of Christ, during this time of isolation. Conversely, there is a renewed awareness of needing to stay close to Jesus via prayer and God’s Word. And it’s hard to hug someone on a computer screen! I’m thinking we are being prepared. Blessings!

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    1. I understand the fear people have especially if their health is more fragile then my own. I have to control my critical spirit and that is what I am learning to deal with during this time. It has been hard for me. I am more practical and always bring to mind that “God has not given me a Spirit in which to fear.” I can’t understand why others don’t think like me….silly! LOL!

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  4. I’ve been able to meet with my girlfriends for bible study through phone chats. And watch sermons together in person with them. The beauty is this spiritual desert is temporarily to teach us how to appreciate each other inside and outside of church.
    Christians have taken it for granted the privilege we have in being able to read the Bible, worship and fellowship in church, and being used by God to share the gospel with others (believers and nonbelievers)
    God will take us out of comfort and remind us of The Comforter. This is about growth.

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  5. I have learned long ago there is only ONE we can depend on. That is God HIMSELF. People, institutions, schedules, appointments….will eventually fail to meet our needs. God wants us to only trust in HIM alone. This is what this pandemic has taught me. I go to my Bible daily, try to catch some inspirational Bible believing message on tv (David Jeremiah and Charles Stanley are two of our favorites) and I have my Praise and Worship CD’s plus piano spiritual songs I turn to. Music brings me the most comfort. The Bible tv message the most hope. God’s Word the most strength and courage.

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  6. For the first few weeks I thought I was doing fine. All the time home was a great opportunity to catch up on writing and other things I’d been too busy to do before. As for church, we had it live streamed, so I thought, “for now that’ll do.”
    But then one of our pastors told the church that several people were telling him how hard it was not to be together, and he added, “I want you to know, it’s OK to feel sad.” At that moment I suddenly started to cry. I hadn’t even admitted to myself that I was grieving until someone gave me permission, then the waterworks came.

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  7. Yes, I can definitely speak to the dryness. Yet, it has also pressed us to go deeper and truly seek His face, find out where our faith truly rests. We have the blessing of a very small church in a very small community with minimal cases up to this point, so we have been able to manage in person with accomodations for a while now. I do miss the more carefree nature of the fellowship we once had, but, at the same time, there is a sense of drawing tighter together in the tough season we’re in. Thanks for the excellent encouragement here, Cindy! Blessings to you!

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  8. Another verse stays with me”. a bruised reed He will not speak break, and a smoking flax He will not quench.” All from memory since second hand smoke from my neighbors connected porch has created watery eyes limiting reading.

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