I would like to send out a short reflection and prayer during our time in the wilderness. I want us to encourage one another. Yes, there is a good reason for social distancing. But, perhaps there is also a good reason for spiritual closeness. I will focus on the Daily Readings for Lectionary Year A. Feel free to follow along or share your insights.
Call someone on the phone so they can connect to someone and perhaps feel less alone. Let them know that on this day you are making a joyful noise to the Lord!
Erin Vanderlaan was considering the cancellations and restrictions that are occurring all around us. I told her it was surreal for me to discourage people from coming to church! Erin thought and said that maybe we all could praise God in our way each day. Read the Scripture. Pray. Sing. In this joyful noise will be our hope and our strength.
The people complain. God provides. Yet, even though there is enough, people begin to hoard the food until it spoils. Perhaps there are lessons in this for us today. How is God providing for us during this challenging time? What happens if we try to gather up for ourselves what others might need and store it away? There is holy wisdom in sharing, caring, and trusting.
We are one in Christ. Those who once were considered separate are brought together by the love of Christ. "You are no longer strangers or aliens." We are in a world pandemic. We are all in this together. We are one community all around the world. Let us pray and care for our sisters and brothers who are afraid or suffering no matter where they live.