Good Monday Morning,
So much has shifted world wide in just a week. It is hard to imagine where everything is headed - except to know that we are living in an uncertain time - and that living in the day, confining our thoughts to what - and who - we have in front of us is paramount. It is the ultimate spiritual dicipline.
It is perhaps a time to remember, most of all, that though we can control the smaller, intimate moments in our lives and in our hearts, the larger arena of the universe is not within our control. This has always been so. It is in fact the larger story from our Biblical script. Perhaps that is why its writers spent so much time trying to unravel the mysteries of God, hoping as we always do, to gain further control over the unknown world around us.
But if we wish to know God, we need only get quiet and still and listen to 'the still small voice' as Elijah did.
Listen carefully to those speaking to you and marvel at their beauty.
Listen to the quiet wisdom within your own heart that will hold you steady if you let it.
Listen and be humbled by the vast array of unknowns and claim only to know that love is the only way forward.
And then make a commitment to follow that way of love throughout the day - in your speech, your thoughts, your being.
If you have not already grasped the idea of self-isolation, please do. It is the most loving, responsible thing you can do right now. Our church community is vulnerable, as is our larger, and beloved, community. We are far behind the dire situations in Italy and the European Union and Britain, but we will catch up soon enough. We have been given an opportunity to learn from their hard earned knowledge. In speaking with Linda Cruikshank, who is a community nurse, she tells me that they are very certain that the virus is passed without our knowing in the community, from people who have not been travelling nor in contact with others who have tested positive. The only response we have at the moment is the tool of physical distance. So, please take all steps to remain quietly at home. If there is anything you need or just want to chat, please call me, or pick up your photo directory and call someone else for company.
Below are some specific updates on people in our congregations.
Hold steady in your heart. Pray for your own heart to stay tender and unafraid. Tend to small matters in your own home. And do not hesitate to reach out to others via the phone, the internet, or the mail box.
"And all will be well, and all will be well, and all manner of things will be well."
Love and Blessings,
Rev. Dr. Candice Bist
Offering what I hope will be thoughtful additions to your spiritual journey, from my own musings, and the great array of teachers available to us through other blogs, videos, websites, music and art. May grace surround us all as we make our way forward through the astonishing mystery of life.