Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Many thanks for today’s devotional material go to Dee Wagner.  I warmly invite others to share as well!  Please email Rev. Tanya: pastor@hollischurch.org with poems, devotional material, etc., that you’d like to share with our community!

 

Pandemic  (by Kitty O’Meara)

And the people stayed home. And read books, and

listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art,

and played games, and learned new ways of being,

and were still. And listened more deeply. 

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.

Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently. And the

people healed. And in the absence of people living

in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways,

the earth began to heal. 

And when the danger passed, and the people joined

together again, they grieved their losses,

and made new choices, and dreamed new images,

and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,

as they had been healed. 

 

Prayer for a Pandemic, by Dr. Cameron Wiggins Bellm of Seattle, Washington

 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 had to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.
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.

Music: “You Raise Me Up” (I’m having trouble with my Word program–please cut & past the following URL):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcLl0A-lXIc

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