It's been a long time since we've been able to be together, but take heart. When the time is right, and it is safe, we will be together again. Stay safe and be kind to each other.
At this week's Council meeting to discuss when and how we re-open, I found myself in the position of naysayer, focusing on everything we can't do when worship begins again. Of course, we all agree that we have a responsibility to protect our most vulnerable members and to ensure that the church will be a safe place, with strict adherence to government guidelines and public health regulations. Our conversation took an interesting turn when someone mentioned that maybe the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic give us an opportunity to create something a little bit different, as we take the time to reflect on the future of our church. That statement was a hinge point for me. It reminded me to take courage and not be faint of heart, as we hear in Sunday's Gospel reading from Matthew 14:22-33. At times, perhaps we all need to hear these words of encouragement and hope, calling us to take heart and not be afraid.
Maybe you recall the story of Jesus leaving his disciples to go up to the mountain and pray. When the the wind picked up and their boat was battered by the waves we hear how Jesus walked towards them on the water. Of course, they were afraid, but Jesus reassured them with the words that I can't hear often enough: "Take heart, it is I, do not be afraid". As the story goes, Peter started walking on the water towards Jesus, but he became frightened and began to sink. Jesus stretched out his hand and saved him, saying, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
Some of us may not believe all the details of miracles, but this story encourages us to examine our fears and ask ourselves, as Jesus asked Peter, "Faint-heart, what got into you?" The bottom line is that we have a choice: we can sink into fear and let it direct our lives or we can take a leap of faith and embrace a new way of doing things, keeping safety as a priority.
This passage was a timely wake-up call for me, after an exhausting camping pilgrimage up north. Maybe we can interpret these courageous words as an invitation to work creatively within the restrictions imposed for our safety, during this pandemic. I'm sure non of us wants to languish in a landscape of doubt and fear. Instead, we can use these trying times as an opening to a new way of doing church, which integrates all safety protocols and precautions.
Blessings on the journey,
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