Kelly Hayes Thorson - AZ Outreach
As you read these thoughts, remember that anytime we are thinking about God, we are in His house.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjVi0CDicEQ Father’s House by Cory Ashbury
This is the beginning of week 9 and I am sad. So much is different and will continue to be different. I’m
trying to stand strong on God’s word, but I struggle. God and I have been doing a lot of talking lately, and I
have come to understand that it’s ok to question God. The book of Psalms is full of praise, questioning, and
lamenting. Author and poet, Kathleen Norris says, “the Psalms are poetry, and poetry’s function is not to
explain but to offer images and stories that resonate with our lives.” That’s what I am trying to do in these
times, pay attention to the images and stories that God gives me and see how He wants them to work in
my life. God sent me this song one morning and it says it all.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6LC8cu03Ig Thy Word by Amy Grant
As I am writing this, I am still sad, but I know God is with me in all my questioning and sadness. He sends
me songs that make me smile and bring tears pouring down my face. Life will be different, but God will be
there with me, with us because He is the God of All My Days.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYkZE8AogDE God of All My Days by Casting Crowns
POSTPONED TIL FURTHER NOTICE
Christ Church Episcopal
National Annual Gathering
July 30-, August 2, 2020
To be held Virtually
Virtual Ultreya #2
Link on the Events Page
Barbara Grubaugh - Secretary
“A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born from adversity.”
There is a well-known African proverb that states: “I am because you are.”(Ubuntu). I like to say, “I am OK, because we are OK together.”
I know that this is going to sound strange, but I am feeling very blessed right now. Don’t get me wrong; this pandemic is scary, and the isolation is super hard. I have kept away from my friends and family for over 80 days now. It would be easy to become frustrated and to lose hope. Yes, I’d like to quit too, but instead, I continue to take reasonable precautions and to count my blessings. Over and over again, I see others who are committed to acts of love and kindness. You too?
Let me give you just one example. A few weeks ago, my brother Jeff was admitted to the hospital in Reno. He did not have the COVID 19 virus, but he had a serious illness, and for me, he was unreachable. I could not fly to Reno, and even if I could, the hospital wouldn’t let me in to be with him.
At first, I was very depressed, but I reached out to my friends and they said, “How can we pray for you?” At that moment I knew that what they were really saying was, “You are not alone. We’re in this together. We’ll do everything we can to help.” My church family, my VdC community, my neighbors, my own family, and even casual friends showed that they cared. Their praying for me became an invocation as God was made manifest in each one of them. I was overwhelmed. Eventually, Jeff did go home and began working on his recovery. It is hard to be apart from those you love during this time, but it would be much harder if it weren’t for the actions of a caring community.
We are all finding this enforced isolation challenging for different reasons. This is when I know that staying connected is essential. If we are going to have any chance of defeating the Depression Devil, we must reach out to each other, be honest about our feelings, and give our days some purpose and creative variety.
I Zoom, do FaceTime, and have Google Hangouts with my grandkids. I arrange socially distanced Play Dates with my friends. I work out every morning with my Online Exercise Goddess and active “Senior” class. I am revisiting my guitar, journaling, learning contemplative practices, cooking, doing online shopping, reading more, and finally, I am not beating myself up for binge-watching Gray’s Anatomy. I know that we all want to get back to our ”normal” lives, but I’m sorry to say that this virus isn’t going away any time soon, even if we are tired of it. I know that all of these activities don’t replace being able to gather with you, but they do help.
So, let’s remain committed and count our blessings, because they are many. Pray for me, and I will do the same for you. Call each other, join a Grouping, and come to our Ultreyas. I look forward to seeing you. Maybe, God is teaching us that with patience and loving kindness we will not only survive this, but we will be a new version of humanity as well. Remember, “Ubuntu—I am because you are.”
Meanwhile, I am sending you a big VdC Virtual Hug and saying what my friend Lou Meyer used to say to me, “God loves you, and so do I.”
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