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Part of a Much Larger Whole

    Stephen Chavez, ACP Board Member 2018

    Stephen Chavez, ACP Board Member 2018One of the things that’s become more apparent during the recent COVID-19-pocolypse is the degree to which society is interrelated. We knew we had to depend on nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals. We knew (at least subconsciously) the huge debt we owe to teachers.

    But who could’ve imagined the significant role that truck drivers, supermarket cashiers and shelf-stockers, sanitation workers, and mail carriers play in a well-run economy? As we look forward to getting back to “normal,” and anticipate the simple pleasures of going to the movies, catching a ballgame, or attending a concert, we certainly owe a tip of the hat to the ticket-takers, snack servers, and parking lot attendants who will accompany those “normal” experiences.

    We are indeed part of a much larger whole. In the words of the apostle Paul, “God has put the body together . . . that its parts should have equal concern for each other” (1 Cor. 12:24, 25). As we do our work in basement “offices” and spare bedrooms, on dining room tables, sharing space with spouses, kids, pets, and parents, it’s nice to know that we’re not alone. If we’re lucky, we have a staff that shares our burdens and grateful readers who provide valuable feedback.

    Beyond that, we have this assurance from Jesus to His disciples of all ages: “I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

    I’m proud to share this journey with you. I wish you strength for your tasks.

    Stephen Chavez, president
    Associated Church Press