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Pastoral Letter 1st August 2021

牧聲 二零二一年八月一日
Pastor Dorothy Choi

If you are feeling down, anxious, or isolated, join the club. We have been in lockdown since June 26th and there will be at least a few more weeks before we can come out of it. In the meantime, how do we keep calm and connected?

God created us to be social beings and we enjoy the companionship of our family, relatives, friends and colleagues. We are also a community of faith for mutual encouragement and edification. The lockdown has stripped us of opportunities for physical interaction and meaningful engagement. When we feel isolated from others, we may be less positive about life and even become critical of others’ intention.

Just because we are at home with our family or flatmates, it does not necessarily mean there is meaningful connection and communication. How about having a board game, watching the Olympics, listening to an online concert or doing the garden together? Maintaining face to face interaction with our family members or flatmates is crucial to our well-being.

For our spiritual family, how about ordering a take away for each other and having the meal over the phone, watching an online talk or having a walk separately while chatting over the phone? A study using augmented reality (AR) for communication showed a higher sense of social presence or what we call fellowship. Brothers and sisters are here for us and we for them.

The virus brings isolation into every facet of our life. We may underestimate its impact on our life and our spiritual life.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Let’s find creative ways to connect with others in our home as well as others in our spiritual home during this time.








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