My dear church family, let me share some news and some thoughts. You may have heard that I have been in the hospital. I was in the coronavirus testing, rule out, and other isolation since Monday night. Spoiler alert - it’s Thursday and I’m home now! I do have some health issues that probably contributed to the symptoms that, along with my compromised immune system, led them to take these measures. Hopefully, things are on a better path now. The Covid-19 test was negative, and assuming it continues to be, I am hopefully on the mend and working on dealing the other health issues that this incident brought to light.
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Let's maintain the ties that bind with silver linings.
Seeking to be the church in a time of great testing.
As we close out our reading of Everything Belongs, Rohr kindly brings us back to the beginning. He uses several images in this chapter to describe this movement back to the Sacred, from thresholds to shadows. All of his metaphors seem to lead us back to where we started—God's presence in all things.
The Jewish five steps of repentance leading to true confession.
Rethinking how to honor our neighbor during the COVID - 19 crisis.
At our writers retreat last weekend, we spent some time working through different prompts. Some of the prompts helped us explore a genre or style of writing—several provided a lens through which we could examine our own inner landscapes. One of the beautiful effects of writing with these prompts is that it gives us the opportunity to step outside of ourselves for and look at our lives and experiences more objectively. I find that I'm less judgmental in this process and more open to seeing the complexities of my personality and experience.