Thought for the Day: Is anyone feeling a little on edge these days? There is a lot happening in our world, and some of the voices on tv (social media) are not creating a sense of peace and calm. I remain committed to the words I shared before: We are not alarmist or naive, but smart. In recent days, many of you have chosen to make some good modifications to your daily lives. Some of you who have underlying health concerns have chosen to act proactively. This all falls under the smart response. As experts encourage us to be mindful of our social interaction, specifically touching, handshakes, hugs, kisses, etc, it feels as if church has been impacted. We are the community that is prepared to offer a hug or to pray with someone while holding his/her hand. We are the community known for standing close in crisis and not being deterred. Do we give up being church? Of course not! We can still be who God is calling us to be for God’s steadfast love and comfort have not changed. How we announce and embody this expression of the divine life might require some creativity. When you think about the church historically, it has weathered so many moments of turmoil and fear. The church has often been the entity of stability. Remember, you are part of the church. You are standing in the gifts of God’s steadfast love and comfort. Allow yourself some time to receive and then think about how you are an agent of those gifts in this time of uncertainty. How might a phone call be the gift someone is needing? How might an email or Facebook message provide some of that God-comfort to a sister or brother who is afraid. Remember, we remain the community that Puts Love First. It’s not simply a slogan, but a way of life.
Prayer: It is your love and calming Spirit, O Rock of Life, that is ever present. When concern and anxiety are heightened, provide me a voice to speak your grace and peace into the moment. Amen.
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