you remember the old-time May Day celebrations … children skipping and dancing
around the May Pole decorating it with streamers and flowers? What a wonderful
celebration of spring! Of course, the decorating of May Poles had gone the way
of the dinosaur by the time I was growing up, but the images conjure up
thoughts of happier days. Oh, what we would give to see the children … to see
ourselves … dancing around the May Pole!
But, alas, that is not to be just yet. We are
entering our second full month of quarantine and physical distancing. I am certain that we are all
feeling the same things … we want to DO something,
we want to GO somewhere, we want to see people in real life … not on some
digital platform. We want to be together. We want our old lives back.
Or, do we?
did you feel stressed about your schedules? How often did you actually complete
your ‘To Do’ list for the day? How often did you simply sit and enjoy a meal
without interruption? How often did
you go for a walk or sit and listen to the music of the earth?
I am not
suggesting that we have returned to the Garden of Eden. I know that many of us
are struggling right now. Some have had family members and friends suffer with
the coronavirus. Some are working endless hours as frontline caregivers and essential
employees. Some have lost jobs or experienced a reduction in income. Some have
had to delay medical care and surgical procedures because hospitals and rehab
facilities are not safe places right now. Some are trying desperately to work
from home AND have become home educators for children. Some have missed out
on proms, dances, concerts, graduations … all of those milestone events in
their lives. Some are feeling lost and alone.
O God, hear
our prayers. Be with those who struggle. Give them your peace. Lift up those
who are weary. Be their strength. Be with those who grieve. Enfold them
in comforting arms. Be with those who are anxious. Give them hope. Take each and every child by the hand, be
our rock and our salvation. Fill us with your Holy Spirit and lead us upon the
way of healing and light. We need you … how we need you … for the living of this day. We pray in Jesus’ precious
midst of these difficult days, I have been touched by the ways that this church
family has responded and ministered to the needs of our community. You have
made cloth masks and headbands, you have shopped for your neighbors,
volunteered at food banks, given generously to the Deacons’ Discretionary Fund.
You have sent cards and letters; you have checked in on one another. You have
embodied precisely what it means to live in the Kingdom of God! I thank you all
from the depths of my soul for all that you have done to love and serve your
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