I have neglected writing here for awhile. It’s not the first time I have said that! (check earlier posts) Here we all are in the midst of something that none of us could have imagined, even in our darkest moments. While I do not claim to have any answers to this worldwide health crisis, I feel like I can bring some light and love to friends from my faith family. So bear with me as I share, and know that you are loved and a beloved child of God. No matter what is happening in the world, God is here, walking with us, and wanting us to reach out and share our honest feelings and emotions. This includes the difficult stuff. You do not need permission to voice your concerns to God, just do it!
In this space, my goal is to share scripture, poetry, music, prayers, and thoughts that are helping me through this time of isolation. It is a way that we can hopefully still feel connected. I would love to hear your ideas and thoughts too, so please share in the comments below.
Something I have been struggling with, is just how can we reach out and be the church, while so many of us are isolated at home? Matthew 5:13-16 from The Message says:
Salt and Light
13 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.
14-16 “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
I love the call for us to bring out the God-flavors of this earth, and the God-colors in the world. We just have to think creatively about how we can do that right now. I believe it means that we pay more attention to those who are still working to provide us groceries and supplies and carry out meals. Saying thank you and being kind matters.
Checking on our immediate neighbors is important too. And reaching out to friends by phone, or text, or some face to face app. We are human, and we need connection with each other. Make sure you are more intentional about staying in touch with friends and family and even beyond that.
I love the imagery of bringing out the God-colors in the world. It makes me think of a rainbow after a storm. Sometimes there are rainbows in the midst of a storm. It’s a unique moment when the clouds are dark, and rain may still be falling, but in the distance you spy a bright spot with the colors of a rainbow streaming down. A reminder of God’s promise to us.
Ann Weems is a favorite writer and poet. She paints beautiful pictures with her words, and today I want to leave you with this hope-filled poem.
I’d Write for you a Rainbow
by Ann Weems
If I could, I’d write for you a rainbow
And splash it with all the colors of God
And hang it in the window of your being
So that each new God’s morning
Your eyes would open first
to Hope and Promise.
If I could, I’d wipe away your tears
And hold you close forever in shalom
But God never promised
I could write a rainbow,
Never promised I could suffer for you,
Only promised I could love you.
That I do.
Be well and stay safe my friends.