Yesterday, I received an email from Allan McIntosh. He wrote: “As you may have heard we are dealing with a tragic situation here, the deaths of 18 plus people in multiple communities not far from here. It is almost unfathomable how one person could be so disturbed to cause this. At the same time of course we cannot come together to grieve and support one another because of the Covid restrictions. So pray for us here in Nova Scotia as we cope with this tragedy.” As we began our virtual bible study this morning, we prayed for the people of Nova Scotia. As we gathered for our virtual staff meeting, we prayed for the people of impacted by the shooting.

The killing of so many people is horrific. Literally, as I heard the news, the breath was taken out of me. The energy, emotions and effects rippling outward is beyond comprehension. The suffering and pain that is being experienced is unbearable.

But the mass killing of (now) 19 people is not the only trauma they are experiencing. Covid19 is a real and present threat as well. I can’t even imagine what they must be dealing with and going through.  An invisible destructive virus, Covid19, and a visible killer both destroying lives. As their walk “through the valley of the shadow” begins, I pause some 2043 miles away and wonder how will they grieve at arm’s length?  How does a neighborhood support one another in a human caused disaster during a pandemic? How does a community gather to express collective grief?  It is a very difficult and complicated time for so many.

I can’t do much but I will keep them close to my heart in the coming days and weeks ahead and I can and will remember that God is trusting us to solve whatever contradicts shalom. God is expecting us to learn, to discover, to create, implement, study and solve whatever does not move forward God’s desire of shalom for creature, community and creation.

 

Scripture Reading:  The Walk to Emmaus Luke 24:18-23
Then one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only stranger in Jerusalem who does not know the things that have taken place there in these days?” He asked them, “What things?” They replied, “The things about Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be condemned to death and crucified him.  But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things took place.  Moreover, some women of our group astounded us. They were at the tomb early this morning, and when they did not find his body there, they came back and told us that they had indeed seen a vision of angels who said that he was alive.

Reflection Question:
“What things” is God doing in your life?
Who has astounded you?
How have you been sleeping?

A 20-Second Prayer during Handwashing
by Rabbi Joseph Meszler

Holy God,
As I take up my hands to wash them and reassure my heart,
I pray for healing and wholeness for the whole world.
I remember that every life is unique and of infinite value:
from those living on the most remote part of the globe,
to those in our cities, to our neighbors and family members.
Let me use my hands for good, to help bring love and
compassion to others.   “Let us lift up our hearts and
hands to the Eternal.” (Lam 3:41)  Amen.

 

Announcements

Wednesday Evening Prayer Service via livestream begins at 6:45 p.m. and lasts between 15 and 20 minutes.

Zoom Bible Study Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m., through
May 14th.  We are looking at the post resurrection appearances of Jesus. If you would like to be a part of this study please email bruce@pineshorespres.org or  karen@pineshorespres.org. to receive login information.

Sunday we will start livingstreaming 15 minutes before the service which begins at 9:45 a.m.  Music will fill this time in preparation for Worship.

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