Lent 2020 — Day 19

Some ramblings/reflections on COVID-19

The Challenge/Invitation: a note from Ruth —

This morning, at a very quiet Rainbow Mennontie Church, I flipped through the Rainbow directory as I prayed, made some calls, and sent some emails. During my call with Fred Smith he said he is also praying for everyone and added, “I’m 95 years old and I ain’t ever seen anything like this!” What a time. Praying for all.

This week’s gospel lesson is about Jesus and a blind man (John 9). I thought we could co-write a sermon together this week.

Please consider this question: How are you seeing life differently these days, as a result of COVID-19 pandemic? What are  you observing, noticing, and feeling as a result? And if this is impacting your faith, how so? Joe Duerksen, for example, said he finds himself taking stock of what he has, “checking back on what really counts.”

What about you? Please reflect on that question and if you want to email me with your reflections (whether in word or picture form), please feel free to do so. I will not share your reflections with others without your permission.

Thank you and may the God of love and new vision be with us all.

My Response: some ramblings and reflections —

I’m amazed at how fast the world can react when a threat seems imminent. And how some of us are tempted to find scapegoats and lay blame. And how some already are listing lessons learned. And how most of us are complying with self-isolation and social distancing.

It gives me hope that we will muddle through future crises, including climate change, but probably too late to “flatten the curve” or as some others have described the goal as a “soft landing.”

And it gives me confirmation that our current obsessions — with building a wall, or protecting the 2nd Amendment, or banning abortions, or maintaining capital punishment, or building nuclear weapons, or maximizing economic growth — are completely irrelevant in the big picture of things.

And the social cohesion we get from our churches — that can persist, with effort — and makes all the difference. Folks without family may have church, and folks without church may have family, but folks with both are doubly blessed, and folks with neither are at great risk.

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