Your Church Loves You

Dear Beloveds,

How are you?

Those are three words that can mean so much in these days. We hope that in these strange and surreal days, you have been able to stay connected to those whom you love and cherish.

These words are so important as we continue to navigate shelter in place and still try to maintain some normalcy to our lives.

Check in with one another; reach out to people you know, try to reconnect to old friends and see how they are. We can give give comfort and care to each other just by reaching out.

I would like to share with you a poem that was read to a group of us last week when I attended a zoom board meeting. It was written by the sisters of IHM, a convent in Pennsylvania. I asked the priest who read it to us to send it to me so that I could share it with you:

Loving God, Holy One,

Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.

We hold in tenderness and prayer
The collective suffering of our world at this time.

We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors,
Standing before an uncertain future.

We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely,
Aligned with the common good.

Help us to practice social distancing
And reveal to us new and creative ways to come together
in spirit and in solidarity.

Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence.

You, the God who does not abandon,

You, the Holy One,
Breathing within us,
Breathing among us,
Breathing around us
In our beautiful yet wounded world.

May God bless you this day,
Pastor Grace