Prayer and Reflection

Dear Ones,

Let us use this time in isolation to gather energy to heal body, mind, and spirit. We have been given the gift of sacred refuge – for the time being – let us use this gift wisely and creatively.

This “Wall of Prayer and Reflection” is posted for your perusal any time you desire a moment of prayer and distraction from the ordinary. It is a place where you can be reminded of “living water” which the Christ replenishes freely and often.

We are in the midst of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. We have a chance to go deep, and to go broad. Globally, we’re in this together. Depth is being forced on us by great suffering, which as I like to say, always leads to great love.” (Richard Rohr)

May you know peace and good health.

Take a deep breath and be kind to those around you,

Rev. Debbie

Prayer for a Pandemic (a reflection shared by Mercy by the Sea)

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake. 
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their 
health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when 
their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no place to go. 
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the
economic market
Remember those that have no margin at all. 
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
During this time, when we cannot physically wrap our arms
around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our
neighbors.  Amen.

 

Fearful Empathy

March 14, 2020
Written by Mary Luti

Do not fear the terror of night,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at noonday.

– Psalm 91:5-6

The Bible is always telling us not to be afraid. And that’s because there’s so much real stuff to be afraid of. Like now, as shelves empty, markets tank, leaders dither, and old people die in a day. Life is scary enough in ordinary times. It’s much scarier now. So the Bible exhorts us again, “Don’t be afraid!”

And yet people are. Even Bible-believing people. Some are downright terrified, hoarding enough toilet paper to last till 2039. And like clockwork in our nasty age, they get roundly mocked on social media, called out as irrational, impervious to scientific information, bad, stupid, and wrong.

Maybe you’re heeding both the Bible and good scientific information. Maybe you’re feeling reassured and calm. Maybe you’re side-eyeing the panicky, too. But here’s the thing: Fear is fear, and human beings are what we are. All of us by nature are vulnerable and exposed.

So admit it—aren’t you also just a little bit afraid? No matter how much you know, or how often you wash, don’t you also feel foreboding? I know I do. A drastic spike in the infection rate could find me searching for a case of Charmin, too.

It would be great if we were all at our rational best right now. But we’re not. Optimal if we all rose brilliantly to this occasion. But we won’t. So the next best thing is to dismount our high horses, summon some empathy from that quavering place inside us where we too feel afraid, cut each other some slack, and just be kind.

Prayer
If you can’t make us unafraid, O God, at least make our fears a bridge to others, an empathetic tie that binds.

 

Looking for Answers”

Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart

And try to love the questions themselves…

Don’t search for the answers,

They could not be given to you now,

Because you would not be able to live them.

And the point is, to live everything.

Live the questions for now.

Perhaps then, someday in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

(Rainer Maria Rilke – 1875-1926)