Friday, June 12, 2020

FMF: How

This is how you are to eat it:
with your cloak tucked into your belt,
your sandals on your feet
and your staff in your hand.
Eat it in haste; it is the Lord’s Passover.
Exodus 12:11

Last night my family celebrated my older son's high school graduation by dining at a high end steak house. My sons, 17 and 13, didn't even realize that a restaurant like this existed, and so we taught them what to expect and how to act: This is how you will dress. This is how the staff will treat you. This is how you put a napkin on your lap. This is how you order. This is how the sides will come. This is how you know which fork to use. This is how the night went.

Today the church is facing a time of how, too. We are reopening the doors to our church buildings, some that have been closed for more than three months. We know that, really, the church was still working during this time because we believers are the church, we just weren't in the building. However, as we begin to meet together again, we get to decide how God wants us to do things. We should not sit down at the meal our Heavenly Father has chosen for us the way we always have. We must stop to consider that we are like the Israelites. We are heading into to a new phase of God's story, so how would God have us eat? May the Lord bless us with wisdom to answer this question.

This post is a prompt from Five Minute Friday and was written in approximately five minutes. For more information, visit


  1. I am interested to see as churches what we continue to do differently after once we return to buildings. My church meets in a local cinema and we won't be meeting in person again until September 😒 I hope your assignment is almost finsihed 😊 God bless

  2. I hope that this time of "how" for our churches is embraced with open hearts and enthusiasm! "We are heading into a new phase of God's story..." I love this idea! Thanks for sharing. Karen from FMF #14

  3. Congratulations on your son's graduation. Our church has recently put out a re-opening plan which is a three phase deal. We are not even in phase one yet, but they hope to get there this summer. We have a large senior population, and that age bracket will likely not be back in person until phase 3. I think these decisions are so tricky, and everyone making them needs grace. We don't seem to be a very patient people these days. In the meantime we are enjoying our Sunday School class via Zoom with a cup of coffee on our screened in porch. It hasn't been all bad, just different. Thanks for visiting my blog.