Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, taught, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” How does that work out in 2020?

We wonder about where we stand with God as we try to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on our lives. We see people going full force with ‘getting back to normal’. In some instances, we see social distancing taking a back seat to going to the ice cream parlor or to get a snow cone. All those who protest in the city streets who seem to ignore the social distancing rule. Now they are told to stay in small groups and away from enormous crowds.

Our pastor, in his daily lesson/message to us, recently spoke of unselfishness as a quality of having a pure heart.

As parents, we put the needs of our small children ahead of what we wanted to do. When those same children, as adults, face difficulties, we try to guide them as best we can.

When we hear of a need among those at church, we try to pray for them, fix food for their families. We try to express our condolence when someone suffers a loss of a loved one.

I know a family that was not close-knit who always rallied around someone in their clan who was hospitalized because deep down they knew it was the right thing to do.

As I see it, doing the right thing in God’s eyes in any circumstance that life gives us is having heart purity in 2020.

On a personal note: Although our church is re-opening this Sunday, our Sunday school class will not meet for a while, maybe the first of September. Most of our class is in the 65+ age range and most of us either have underlying health issues or our spouses do. We want to show concern for those around us.