REFELCTION FROM REV. ANN
“When will this all end?” We keep asking. But no answers are forthcoming. “When will things return to “normal”? We keep asking. But no answers are satisfying. What if we changed our questions. Could that help us imagine the future? What if we ask “How do we carry on in this new normal? Perhaps “normal” is a loaded word, for it likely means different things to different people. This new time does not feel familiar. That’s something we long for, for things to feel familiar - like comfort food or cozy pjs - we want to feel safe and certain. And life is full of uncertainties and unknowns, and we do not like it one bit.
Right in this very place is God. Right now is the time for us to dig deep into our reservoir of faith and trust. Can we trust God is with us as we try to figure out how to carry on in this new normal? Right now is what we have. We do not know the future. ...although it looks certain it will involve more changes then we would choose. And, it looks certain to be lasting much longer then we ever pictured.
God is our certainty. Prayer is our path. We can bring our fears and worries to God. We can get angry. We can lament. We can ask God to give us grateful hearts even when we feel out of sorts or all mixed up. How do we carry on in this new normal? We want definitive answers. God says “trust me.” “I am with you always.“
How do we carry on? We search for the tiniest seed of hope. We proclaim that God is with us through our struggles. And we continue to proclaim, with all certainty:
Alleluia! Christ is Risen
The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!
Please, please, if you did not catch Bishop Mariann Budde’s sermon from Sunday at WNC, do take the time to listen. You will be very glad you did!
Rev. Ann shares A
Litany During A Pandemic
from the Sisters of St Margaret.
to view. The Society of St Margaret is a Episcopal Religious Order for Women located in Duxbury, Massachusetts. They are “mission focused sisters living an ancient tradition with a modern outlook.”
to visit their website.