How are you living in the new normal?

Eric AtkinsPastor's Blog


Hey guys!

In case you missed the video on FaceBook here is my perspective on our new normal.

I hope everyone is doing well and adjusting to our “new normal.” In my conversations with people over the last few weeks, I am almost always asked, “Pastor, what are you and your family doing when all you can do is stay home?”

That’s a great question. So here’s what we’ve doing…The first weekend, we put together a puzzle – took it apart and started another one, which is still not done. We discovered that “When Calls the Heart” was on Netflix and we may have watched all 5 seasons all ready???

We have taken a lot of walks at the park and we’ve been cooking a lot of meals, and yes…one teenage boy can eat a lot more than you think.

We’ve rediscovered the joys of playing catch, playing horse, and even turned the backyard into a golf course to practice our short game. Sitting around the fire-pit having conversations at night isn’t that bad, either. Last night, the Nintendo classic was fired up and sounds of super Mario filled the living room.

It’s also been really awesome to sit together and worship on Sundays as a family.

What I’m really trying to say is that God is reminding our family how great it is to have a family that loves one another. And what a blessing this timeout from “normal” is to our family.

I know that there are some who do not have a good home environment. I know that some people are facing this crisis alone. I want you to know that even though you might be isolated, you are never alone. For the believer, God is “a friend who sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24) If you belong to a church, you have a family. Reach out to them.

If you’re part of our church family, I want you to know that I’m praying for you. And like you, I miss being able to pray, fellowship and worship together at the church building. As I said Sunday, I’m praying that on the other side of this crisis we have a new perspective on the ministry of the church – that the gospel is not bound by the four walls of a building.

It is so encouraging to hear how people are caring for one another, encouraging one another and making sure the most at risk have everything they need. Keep up the good work! And keep living sent!