Listening to one of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press briefings on the coronavirus (COVID-19) contagion the other day, I was struck by something he said. The governor of New York encouraged New Yorkers to remain spiritually connected even as they complied with his Executive Order to practice social distancing.

Social distancing is understood to mean staying at least 6 feet apart from others, especially those you do not know. The admonition of government and medical authorities is that we stay away from each other for our own good.  “Stay at home” is the order of the day. To be socially isolated during these unprecedented times may be the difference between life and death.

Social distancing is a hard sell for members of the faith community, for whom connection and fellowship is a core value. Christianity is not so much a religion as it is a relationship, and it is difficult to be a Christian in isolation.  Indeed, how we relate to others reveals how genuine our walk with Jesus Christ is.

So, how may we be socially distant yet spiritually connected? Following are a few suggestions.

  1. Press together in prayer. Join a group that meets regularly via technology for prayer and supplication. Fervent prayer creates strong  bonds and paves the way to authenticity and openness that are key to bridging physical and social distances.


  1. Unite in the Spirit. The men and women who gathered in the Upper Room experienced a unity that caused heaven to open up and the Holy Spirit to fall on them (Acts 2:1).  We can experience unity in the Spirit even though we may not be in the same room or location.  Unity in the spirit begins with an attitude of submission, humility, repentance, and a genuine love for others.


  1. Dive deeper into God’s Word. There is no coincidence in the timeliness of this quarter’s Sabbath School lesson, “How to Interpret Scripture.” Becoming a better student of the Word grounds us spiritually, which in turn helps us to foster more genuine relationships with others. So meditate on the promises of God as you focus on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  


  1. Reach out and touch—via technology. Technology presents multiple platforms for connection.  Put social media to work for you.  Worship virtually.  Be creative. 


  1. Fall in love with Jesus anew (the best for last). Jesus is the Alpha and Omega. He is the Bridge over troubled waters. He connects and transports.  He is our Everything, our All-in-All.

Connection is key to our humanity and spirituality.  Being socially distant does not mean we cannot be spiritually connected.  

Clifford Jones,


  1. Carolyn Spears says:

    Please add me to your email information from LRC communications. I don’t receive them on a regular basic; my sister will send them to me . She is not a member of LRC; however, she gets them and forwards them to me. I am a member of LRC; Please, if possible add my name to your email list.

    Yes, yes, yes,prayers are needed. My God is the only one who I believe will put an end to to the Covid 19 in due time. We must stay prayed up and have patience!!!

    Thanks and God Bless

  2. David Harper says:

    The council you provided timely.

    Thank you

  3. Rosalinda Nelson says:


  4. Will Barnes says:

    As I reflect on the coronavirus pandemic, two chapters in the Bible and the !st Amendment to the Constitution come to mind. 2nd Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” and
    Matthew 18:20 “Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them.”

    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    Neither local elected officials nor any President can lawfully require churches to close its doors to those who want to worship God, Our Father and Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The rush to lose our civil liberties concerns me.

    I pray that this pandemic will end soon with a day certain in the future and we all can return to regular Sabbath services.

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