Thinking about you

    I hope that you are all staying safe in body, mind and spirit as you navigate the challenges of this third lockdown.  As the pandemic challenges keep unfolding, I realize that I am relying more and more on prayer to strengthen my connections to those who mean so much to me but who I rarely see any more.   So here is my prayer for all of you this day.

    I am thinking of all of you who are continuing to work while also home schooling your children. I pray that you will be given strength and good humour, and that you will give yourself (and your children) patience and compassion as you navigate these challenging days.

    I am thinking of all of you who are weighed down with worry in your life – concerns for aging parents, concerns about getting the vaccine, concerns for family members in other places, concerns about housing and making ends meet.  I pray that the words of faith – “be not afraid” – will give you strength for today, knowing that you are not alone.  In the resurrection stories, the angel at the tomb tells those early followers “do not be afraid”.  Jesus says “Peace I leave with you….  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”  God journeys with you through these turbulent times.

    I am thinking of all of you as the weather changes. As spring takes hold and buds appear on the trees, I pray for moments of wonder and joy as you see the magic of the changing seasons unfold before you.

    I am thinking of all of you who are entering into treatment or worried about a health issue that you have.  I am praying that you will feel supported by others, that you feel strengthened with gifts that are within you and that you feel held in the tender arms of God.

    I am thinking of all of you whose hearts are heavy with grief, fear, worry, or loneliness. As you navigate the swirling feelings within you, I pray that you will also have moments of peace; through prayer, walks in nature, and daily gifts that remind you that God is with you on this journey.

    I am thinking of all of you who feel exhausted from work, from isolation, and from the sadness of missing the ordinary things we used to enjoy in life. I pray that God will give you strength when you feel depleted, courage when you feel afraid, and hope when you feel despair.

    I am thinking of all of us who have been too long separated from one another. I pray that we hold in our memories the feel of a hug, the warmth of a smile the energy of singing together and the joy of laughing as we stand side by side. But mostly I pray that we will not lose faith or hope that we will get to a new day that has already been imagined in the heart of God. And I pray that we will all be aware that God is with us as we walk from this day to that new day, which awaits our arrival. Amen.

    Rev. Keith Hagerman


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