A DIFFERENT WAY TO
REFLECT AND CELEBRATE
For many, this week is especially important. Tomorrow evening, Passover begins. Friday is Good Friday and Sunday is Easter.
Traditionally, families and friends gather.
Places of worship normally welcome large congregations.
The communal celebration and shared reflections
are fundamental to faith.
Many prepare for weeks in advance looking forward to meals together and opportunities to re-connect.
Many rely heavily upon the solace and spiritual sustenance
of being in a place of worship,
particularly during times of stress and the holidays.
Yet, this year, we know the practice of faith
MUST be different … not lesser.
Simply put, crowded places of worship are
irresponsible and dangerous.
Seders will be in homes without relatives, neighbors, and friends who have traveled to join the traditions.
Some may even be alone.
Services for Good Friday and Easter should be remote.
To be sure, for those of faith, reflection and sacrifice
takes on a more defined perspective this year.
BUT, PLEASE STAY HOME –
You have seen the stories of community outbreak because there was a funeral or an event where practicing faith together seemed essential.
If you must go out, wear facial covering, wash your hands regularly, and keep physical distance.
Find new meaning in the messages of the holidays and
different way to connect spiritually.
Contact friends and families to gather around the virtual table.
Dress up, formalize your day or evening, and then stream to your friends and family.
Reach out and touch someone remotely
to bring them closer to you spiritually.
Please STAY HOME and resist the temptation
to gather in groups.
Your sacrifice can save your family, my family, or someone you may never meet.