Holy Week - isolated
Celebration of Lent this year certainly has to be chalked up as "different". Social distancing means the familiar traditions which typically expect the physical gathering of "two or more" is simply not going to happen. No Palms waving in unison with the music of majesty, no holy communion on Maundy Thursday, no Easter sunrise with all it's glory.
But being alone does not, should not, necessarily mean loneliness. It is important to remember that the church building is not essential to our faith, nor the traditions we anticipate and celebrate together. What is essential is the love of our Creator, the assurance of salvation as promised by our Lord, and the continuing presence of a Holy Spirit that can be found in every breathe we take, every thought we harbor, every song we sing, every word we speak.
It's nice to offer or receive a hug, or to hold a hand in friendship or in prayer, but not essential. Even facebook and the internet are bursting with new suggestions to glorify God. Listen, and let His name be praised!
4/7/2020 09:58:21 pm
Bill, this drawing reminds me of Joan Gray’s wonderful book “Sailboat Church”. It’s concepts of taking a prayerful intentional approach to allowing God to “sail” the church has a parallel in this time of quarantine. If we choose to seek God’s whisper in the waves of this storm, we cannot help but be comforted and amazed by the working out of his will for us.
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