As I write this message to you, I am thinking of All Saints Day. I all of my time in ministry, this is one of my favorite Sundays. This is a sacred day when we are invited to remember those who we’ve loved and lost.
It is the day that we remember:
the empty seat at the table
the laughter no longer heard
the items once left around the house that we’d love to see again
the sound of footsteps that once approached the door
the little annoyances that in retrospect don’t seem so annoying
the smiles not seen
the tears still shed
None of us has approached All Saints Day in the midst of a pandemic. We don’t have immediate experience in mourning such great loss. For many of us, the effects of the pandemic still seem to be far away, and we look with trepidation at the news of infections in our nation…state…county…city, while wondering if or when it will engulf us. As cases and hospitalizations and deaths increase around the country, I pray for all those affected. Lord in your mercy.
It has been almost 8 months since our lives were disrupted. For our church and preschool, the economic impact has been difficult, and I pray for those who’ve been furloughed as I pray for people throughout our country and the world who are suffering dire financial impacts. Lord in your mercy.
How do we mourn such losses? I thought that maybe we could have 1 second of silence for each person who has died so far from this disease. But when I googled how long that would be, I learned that 225,000 seconds is 62.5 hours! Lord in your mercy.
I know that many of you are struggling with the impact and the social isolation. Add to that the stress of our national discourse and it is easy to feel down. I’d say it’s normal to feel down. This is not a pep talk! Instead it is an encouragement to feel whatever you are feeling and to know the God in God’s mercy is with you…loving you while encouraging you in your love of others.
Blessings to you,