We may be Outdoors
We may be Indoors
We will be on-line
We will praise God
We will be together.
This xxxx virus has taken a lot from us and from our world. There is a great deal of sadness caused by something that cannot be seen without the assistance of significant magnification. We all know people who have or have had the virus, and many of us know folks who have died because of it. We know businesses, and some churches that have had to close and others that may not make it through this season. There is enough sadness to go around.
Holy Trinity is a parish of great perseverance. This coming Sunday we will worship together either outside (it sounds like it will be a nice morning), inside or online.
With great sincerity, no one, especially not me, is telling you to come to church. Your decision is yours and yours alone. You must decide for yourself about the risk factors in coming to church outside, inside, or watching from home. In the same way, your relationship with God is yours and yours alone. You are the only person who knows and understands that relationship and no church, or cleric, or friend or relative should tell you that your relationship with God does not measure-up to theirs.
With that thought comes another, especially as we approach our national election, and our nerves may be on overload. We are all God’s children, and we are all loved no matter our politics.
Being an only-child, I may not fully understand what it is like to live in a home with siblings. I think of my brothers and sisters in Christ in that way. We are all created by one God in the image of God, we are all loved equally and unconditionally by God. There is no doubt that God is, at times, delighted and disappointed with God’s children, but God’s love does not waiver. We may judge others, sometimes correctly and sometimes incorrectly but we must understand that God’s love for those we love and those we have difficulty loving is not in question; God’s love is forever.
Let us gather, in one way or another. Let us remind each other that we are all God’s children and that there is a place at the table for all of us. Let us take the precautions necessary to guard ourselves and protect others as best we can and let us make the decisions we need to make as commanded to by Christ, to love one another. Let us mask-up and wave at each other from a good distance. Let us wash our hands at least five times more than we think is necessary. Let us call and communicate with each other and let us be together in prayer and in love for one another.