Dear Christ Church Family,
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." A reminder from Charles Dickens.
I heard a report from South Jersey that there were actually armed guards at Costco's stationed in front of paper goods. People were fighting over toilet paper! I heard another report of a 10 year old boy who was distributing, free of charge, hand sanitizer to the elderly.
You and I do not have a choice about the worldwide epidemic that is occurring. We do have a choice how to respond to it! We can be reaction and fight for toilet paper or we can be proactive showing up as random acts of kindness. How? By letting the person behind us in the grocery store, with two items to purchase, go in front of us. By calling our elderly neighbors before we go to the grocery store asking if they need anything. By making dinner for someone who is lonely and delivering it at a convenient time.
The question "why" at this time is a pertinent question for those in the medical field. The question "why" tends to be poisonous in the spiritual journey. The question you and I need to keep in front of us is now that we have this crises, how can I "show up" as God's gift in the world?
Loving God, who invites us to give thanks in all things, preserve us from faithless fears and worldly anxieties, guide us to be your loving gifts to the world, as Jesus Christ, your son and our Lord, was and is to us. Amen