So, we attended virtual church, this morning. Through the utility of Zoom…there was pastor Kerry preaching a powerful sermon, and Kathy playing, masterfully, a beautiful hymn, and Carlyn singing a lovely and uplifting song. I could see my fellow congregants, smiling and in little boxes, and I reflected on the significance of our shared time together.
I am still enjoying my daily walks, as I heard our governor’s medical advisor say this afternoon that it was important for people to get outside…for their mental health. I am addicted to snapping as many photos as I can of the beautiful spring blossoms on the campus trees. The brilliance and vibrance of their, coat of many colors, is inspirational to me…in the darkness of our 2020 pandemic.
I was shopping for some necessary groceries in Kroger, yesterday, with my mask on…and my glasses kept fogging up…and once they fell off of my face. The shelves were emptier than I had seen them since the scourge began. Suddenly…there was my old friend, Brad, with a big smile on his face and an encouraging word…and I felt better and took heart, and thought that we will make it through this terrible event.
So often we do not realize what a word or smile or our phone call can mean to someone else. Many of us feel alone in a crowd. We are worried and afraid and unsure of what our future brings…we need each other, now, more than ever.
This is Holy Week for Christians. The time of the last supper, and Judas betrayal of Christ, and Jesus’s trial by Pontus Pilate…and his scourging…and his carrying of the cross that he would be crucified upon.
‘Having arrested Him, they led Him and brought him into the high priest’s house. But Peter followed at a distance. Now when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. And a certain servant girl, seeing him as he sat by the fire, looked intently at him and said, ‘This man was also with Him.’ But he denied Him, saying, ‘Woman, I do not know Him.’ And after a little while another saw him and said, ‘You also are of them.’ But Peter said, “Man I am not!’ Then about an hour had passed, another confidently affirmed, saying, ‘Surely this fellow also was with Him, for he is a Galilean.’ But Peter said, ‘Man, I do not know what you are saying!’ Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times. So Peter went out and wept bitterly.’ Luke 22: 54-62 NKJV
Now, we have arrived at our great test and our passion…and our promise. Will we let kindness be our daily creed? Will we know, and remember, and stand with, our brothers and sisters that we have broken bread with at the table of humanity? We are separated by a medical necessity…but we are more together and more united…than before…
We will come out of this pandemic…but we will be changed…we will never be the same.
‘A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love’ Marianne Williamson