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IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 24, 2020

IBC Women’s Ministry Blog – September 24, 2020

2020: What was & wasn’t, what is & isn’t, what will be & won’t be


By Jodie Montgomery


I haven’t felt isolated during quarantine. If anything, time alone ended for me as my husband has been working from home and I felt launched into everyone’s cyberspace through zoom. I’ve met a lot of pets and family members in zoom groups that I would have never met in E104 of the Idlewild Adult wing. I’ve actually felt like this pandemic put me in contact with more people than in previous years of ministry. I think the struggles made many of us more intentional about sharing our hearts. 

I hope you, the reader, are not struggling with isolation (some are grateful for a people break but that is very different from feeling isolated). If you are overwhelmed by a sense of isolation, call our connections team or contact me about a zoom group if you are not ready to regather. Your voice matters. 

I am thinking about the year today and realize that there have been some big transitions for our women’s ministry during COVID. April through August was a time of regrouping and learning how to still pray, disciple and study Scripture with others…mainly online. It wasn’t the time I had hoped for, in person connections, especially for the Women’s Working Team.  It was a time of finding out how healthy our family relationships were when they were really up close or physically separate. It wasn’t the time to shut down communications. People needed an affirming word. I needed an affirming word.

Right now is still a time of uncertainty regarding relationships, provision, health, the future… It is a time of wondering what offends my brother and sister in Christ. It isn’t a time to stop praying for health care workers, the jobless, the ill, and First Responders. It isn’t a time of giving up conversations on race and justice. Right now is an opportune time to be better as His representatives. God is made known through the love of His people.

What will be in the fall is unknown except I know that Holiday Tables is not scheduled for the first time in over 10 years. For some it may be a different holiday season, more like the Whos down in Whoville who celebrate with or without the extravagance. Maybe family will matter more this year. COVID didn’t stop babies from being born, people from getting to know their neighbors, churches from overcoming obstacles to gathering, people from receiving counsel, houses from selling, or grief over lost family members. The future may still hold some joy and peace.

We need one another. When times are difficult, an encouraging word, from even a stranger, can be a great gift from God Ever Present. We need the privilege of encouraging one another.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.