This evening we share with you the words of Stacy Parks. They were printed on the bulletin of First Presbyterian Holland, Michigan.

 

Pandemic    

What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath—the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.

 

Center down.

And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives are in one another’s hands. (Surely, that has come clear.)

 

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils of compassion that move, invisibly, where we cannot touch.

 

Promise this world your love—

for better or for worse, in sickness and in health, so long as we all shall live.

 

 

Scripture Reading: Psalm 130

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem. It is the Lord who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

 

 

Reflection Questions:

Who in your life are the people you most revere?

How do you listen for the Lord’s voice?

How does “waiting” impact your living in these days?

 

 

Prayer: Holy God, in this brief moment be attentive and assure me that you are listening. To you my voice lifts up those who suffer from the impacts of the virus. The effects are personal. We wait and wait and wait even more for the morning to come for our hope is in you.  Amen.

 

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