1. Zoom

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Yes, it seems highly likely that zoom fatigue will make it into a new dictionary as a phenomenon describing our frustration and exhaustion with the hundreds of hours spent looking at faces in Brady Bunch-type boxes.

And yet: imagine if we’d had a pandemic without this kind of technology? Zoom has allowed small groups and prayer groups and book clubs and classrooms to stay in touch.

In past periods of history when the church could not gather, the people of God have always made a way, but often at great cost: meeting in catacombs or underground at the risk of death. What a gift it is that in this age of not being able to gather in person, we can do so with relative ease, in freedom, and with no risk.

We can see one another’s faces, sing happy birthday, and share prayer requests. “Let us not neglect meeting together,” writes the author of Hebrews, but “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:23). 

Zoom has opened up the door for us to keep encouraging one another. And be thankful.

2. Worship Music

One of the most significant ways we can get the word of God into us is through music, which is no doubt why the Apostle Paul instructs the church to “let the word of Christ dwell among you richly” and then explains one means of doing that: by “singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs in your heart to the Lord” (Colossians 3:16).

The modern era affords us a global library of music by the people of God, available at the touch of a button. No matter where we are, we can fill our ears (and hearts) with truth and beauty. And be thankful.

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