We are all extroverts now… At least we are longing for connection. For other people (no offense immediate family). For the regular interaction that life is meant to afford. Digital connection is nice, hearing voices, seeing faces. But the hug of a friend. The presence of a colleague. It will come again, but we don’t know how long.
I feel this ache as a pastor. Watching our little church interact online yesterday was an encouragement but I also long to be with these people. Present. Reliable.
And in that longing is a prayer that they would experience something better than my presence. Something tangible and eternal. That all of us would be transformed in the midst of isolation.
To that end I join Paul as he prays in Ephesians 3.
“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:14–19 (ESV)