On my reading pile are stacked four or five books. Depending on my mood, I shift comfortably between reading each of them.  A variety of books often make it on my pile but not all stay there. For those books I can barely start reading or I won’t ever finish. There’s a very special place for them. My reading pile now consists of Ken Dryden’s book “Scotty A hockey life like no other,” Patty Smith “M Train” “Recovering From Un-Natural Disasters” and “The Overstory“ by Richard Powers.  Now that I’ve just finished “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate, I need to another book on the pile. It won’t take long.

Somewhere in the final third of “Before We Were Yours” the author writes these words: “No matter how much we may love the melody of a bygone day or imagine the song of a future one, we must dance within the music of today, or we will always be out of step, stumbling around in something that doesn’t suit the moment.”  I invite you to ponder these phrases

The melody of a bygone day…

the imagined song of tomorrow…

dancing with the music of today…

It feels to me that we are in foreign land and we don’t know song nor the dance. It feels like I’m out of step and stumbling around, folding my hands – “Here’s the church and there’s the steeple. Open the door and see all the people.”  How do we stay connected when we’re distancing ourselves from each other?  I don’t know the song or how the dance goes… and yet our responsibility is to be faithful – to show God’s desire for creature, community and creation.   Maybe in the awkward time of just trying to learn the new dance steps of today’s music we’ll be led to greater and richer depth of community.



Scripture Reading:  Psalms 52:7-10

7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God



Reflection Questions:

What is the message that you are announcing in the midst of COVID 19?

What bygone song do you hear in a time of need?

What are you reading?




Holy God, help me to share the message of your peace for creature, community and creation.  Guide my feet as I learn how to be more faithful for today so I to may be a comfort to those in need. Amen.


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