Face to face
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I’m finding lockdown hard. This might not seem like much of a confession, but it has taken me slightly by surprise. After all I’m an introvert who would quite happily go several weeks without much contact with anyone. I also enjoy planning and preparing food from scratch for the family, regularly find myself telling Grace that there are just so many lovely things to do we don’t have time to do them all, and NEVER shop for relaxation or fun.
So, I find myself asking ‘Why?’ Why is lockdown so hard?
Genesis 2:7 has struck me in a new way.
“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
We are physical people, made from dust even as we have the breath of God breathed into us. I am not just my mind or even my soul. I am also deeply linked to my body. While messaging people, phoning people or even seeing people on a video call are wonderful gifts and far better than nothing there is something lacking physically.
We are relational people made for face to face. A little further on in Genesis 2 God brings the woman to the man and it is as he sees her face to face for the first time that he bursts in the to first love song.
I miss face to face. I particularly miss being with my church family face to face. It is too easy in lockdown to disengage, or only to engage with the bits I like. It is too easy to only show my airbrushed, social media ready side and to not be real with my brothers and sisters in Christ. It is easy to think I don’t need others, that I can do it all on my own. But I do need others and I can’t do it on my own. We together are the body of Christ. I can’t be the hand, the eye and the ear. I need you to serve me and I need to serve you but that is so much harder without ‘face to face’.
But even as I long for face to face with people, especially being able to gather again physically as the Lord’s people, I know that that is not my ultimate hope. My hope is not only being face to face with you all, but being face to face with all God’s people throughout history in the resurrection of the dead and even more to be face to face with God. What a great day that will be! A sure and certain day that we can all hope in together.