Emmanuel, God with Us

By Holly Harnsberger



Greetings from Chattanooga, Tennessee, where I write this blog surrounded by the chaos that comes with living with four of my siblings again. Not quite the same as the quiet corner of my house in Northern Virginia. That’s because, as mentioned in a previous blog, due to COVID-19, the fellows went for Thanksgiving and won’t reunite until after Christmas. Meanwhile, the final three weeks of our very active schedule for this semester moved online. Our seminary classes and Roundtable — the two weekly events where we are all together — are temporarily on Zoom. This is a sad reality and a reflection of the *ahem* stinky times we’re in.


It’s been tough to adjust to the coexistence of our home and fellows worlds, and especially tough to reconcile that our fellows world is entirely virtual. As I’m sure we’ve all come to learn during the year that is 2020, there is simply no substitute for human presence and physical community.


This notion made the switch to virtual all the more difficult, as I think we all began to feel the loss of being away from each other. However, even though the program looks a bit different until January, I’m so thankful for the gift of technology and that we still have opportunities to connect, despite it being through a screen. How beautiful it is to see the ways God is with us, uniting us in Him. Emmanuel.


Here’s an example of what virtual fellows looks like during this season. On Monday’s Roundtable, we carried out a Capital Fellows birthday tradition: giving verbal affirmations to the birthday fellow. Make no mistake, despite it being virtual, this tradition held strong. Each person stood on their chair (yes, even on Zoom) to give their affirmation. Two of our fellows were even in a Panera and were still not exempt from this tradition. And there’s really nothing like everyone singing Happy Birthday on Zoom with their mics on at the same time. Truly priceless. (Sorry to everyone’s ears).


It’s things like this that keep the spirit of the fellows active while we’re apart. We’re seeing the ways the Lord is working in our hearts and lives by rejuvenating our spirits by seeing family, and at the same time, stepping away to log onto Zoom to see our fellows. Even though we are all in our homes scattered across the U.S., we are witness to the ways God is with us. Even on Zoom.


And in January, we will surely leap out of our cars in excitement when we see each other at the retreat.


Emmanuel. God with us.




Pictures from the Week




Virtual Roundtable featuring birthday affirmations for Eric!


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