March 21, 2020

Our daily Matthew Reflection by our Assistant Program Director, Angie Smith

Matthew 17:1-21

“Lord, it is good for us to be here,” how many of us have said that over the past week? I know I haven’t, but I should have.

I should have said it last weekend when we were getting books and drinking tea at Midtown Scholar.

I should have said it all the times we’ve been to the grocery store. Instead, I’ve complained about people hoarding, walking up the aisles slowly, and not watching their children.

I should have said it while curled up on the couch under a blanket watching Supernatural, The Magicians, and The Librarians. Instead, I silently yelled at our neighbor’s nephew for how he was walking their puppy and walked into our car instead of off the curb. Instead, I was cranky because I had to turn the volume up to hear over the garbage truck.

I should have said it during our staff meeting on Monday.

I should have said it when we broke out the board games yesterday afternoon.

We might not think of social distancing as a time to say “Lord, it is good for us to be here,” but is the best time for us to say it. If we can say it we are here.

I know we’ve unintentionally given up things we enjoy for Lent, but maybe we can be more mindful of what we have and who we get to share this time with. Try saying it now, from where you are –“Lord, it is good for us to be here.” Make it daily prayer this week. When we see each other again, we can say it together.