My son and I were in “quarantine” together for a year and a half. Right after he was born is when the lockdown started, and since Laura was having to teach virtually from home, I ended up spending a lot of time with my little buddy.
Once school started back in person, I stayed home with Cayden throughout the 2020-2021 school year.
Everyday we would go on a walk, visit a diner, and explore Arcadia.
So, when we moved back to Alabama for work, he started daycare for the first time.
It wasn’t too long after the start of daycare that he got sick, and I got sick too. It seems like we became so dependent upon each other over that year that anytime he picks up a daycare bug, I is usually get it too!
On Monday, I got text from his teacher saying that he had a fever, so I left work to pick him up. By the time we got home, I wasn’t feeling so good myself, and after our nap, I had the same fever, chills, and nausea that he had.
Over twenty-four hours later, we are both feeling much better, but it wasn’t an easy couple of days.
The Bible calls the church “one body.” We all have different roles, but we are one.
When one of us is joyful, we all rejoice.
When one of us is sorrowful, we all mourn.
When one of us has an idea, we should rally behind them.
When one of us has a goal, we should try to empower them.
When one of us sins, we should restore them in love.
While we are individuals, we make up one body, and if we forget that, then we can hyper-individualize our faith to the point where all that matters is our success, our plans, our salvation, our preferences, etc.
So, Paul told his readers to “bear one another’s burdens” and “accept the one that is weak in faith” and “regard one another as more important than yourselves” (Galatians 6; Romans 14; Philippians 2).
Even though Cayden and I are individuals, we share a lot of the same interests, tastes, and even illnesses. Our church members are individuals, but they are also one body.