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Monday, March 23 2020

Life doesn't feel normal. I want life as I've known it to be normal, but I can't deny the fact that it isn't normal and might not be for some time. Each day seems to rob us a little bit more of our normal lives because of the coronavirus pandemic. What can help as our lives are influx?

A minster I highly respect, Dr. Charles Poole, wrote that in the face of our loss of normalcy we need the beauty of constancy; the type of constancy that flowers such as the azaleas awaken us to through the beauty of Spring.


The constancy of Spring is needed in this time of loss. Here is what Dr. Poole said:

"Constancy which seems so much more beautiful and important in the absence of normalcy; which is what most of us have lost. Some, sadly have lost health, loved ones, and life. Many others have lost income and work. What all of us have lost is normalcy; the privileged normalcy of going to gyms and restaurants, parties and dinners; the basic normalcy of grocery shopping with confidence; the needed normalcy of gathering for worship, fellowship, school, and recreation. And, even, the intimate normalcy of visiting, and embracing, loved ones beyond our immediate family.

If, as one wise soul once said, "Grief is the aftermath of any deeply felt loss", this present moment of social isolation and distancing is a season of global, national, local, congregational, and personal grief; grieving the loss of so much of the normalcy most of us have always taken for granted."

I've been drawn to the beauty of constancy as I've posted floral pictures on-line the past several days. How about you? Here's the beauty of spring witness through our Daffodils 4 Hope.

The psalmist speaks to the constancy of God this way: "God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46: 1

How can we bring some beautiful constancy to our church lives during times of trouble and social distancing?

I will be offering a virtual meeting entitled Solace several times a week on the Zoom platform. Solace will be a time to check in, hear about some self-care suggestions and share faith together as well as fellowship.

Click here for instructions on how to use zoom. 


Prayer for Today

Keep us safe In your constant and ever-present love, O Lord, our rock and our strength and in our loss of normalcy, grant us peace, assurance of your care, and the solace that restores our souls. Amen.

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