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COVID Practices

MEDITATION:

Written by Irene Dickson.

This past year has brought many changes to our lives. For me, deepening my understanding of the Word of God, and what it means to my life, is a positive. From the beginning of lockdown, every snippet of news from the Church has been welcome and up-lifting. Although I miss the contemporary worship in the sanctuary on Sundays, I eagerly sit at the kitchen table with my iPad at 9am to hear the words, praise and prayers, and see the smiling, positive faces of our Pastors, choir and musicians. The daily devotional notes from Church inspire me to reflect more about the meaning of the words. I’ve saved many, and forwarded several to friends, and they too have been encouraged. Fall Bible study meant I read and studied ‘Revelation’ for the first time. I’d been intimidated by other folks’ opinions that it was ‘scary’! I found the study particularly relevant in these COVID times. Instead of being fearful of the text and graphic mental images, I feel optimistic and grateful as the road ahead is clear. I try to follow the teachings of the Bible by being extra patient and kind to my three young adult children when they complain about working from home, not being able to see friends or travel. I remind them of everything we are grateful for, send them many encouraging notes and devotionals, and occasionally I get a word of acknowledgment back! I’ve taken time to reflect and step out of my comfort zone by reaching out to others on the prayer chain, by sharing some of my early life in the Advent Devotional, and by accepting gracefully the nomination to be an Deacon in our Church.  When things get back to ‘normal’ I won’t reflect back on the baking I did or the closets I cleaned- to be honest, I didn’t do much of that! I’ll reflect on the calm and peace, and the time for reflection, study and prayer, and how God, through our Church, has been constant in this time of uncertainty. The resurrection of Jesus reconfirms our hope for the future. 

PRAYER:

A Prayer from the Celtic oral tradition.

You are the peace of all things calm

You are the place to hide from harm

You are the light that shines in dark

You are the heart’s eternal spark

You are the door that’s open wide

You are the guest who waits inside

You are the stranger at the door

You are the calling of the poor

You are my Lord and with me still

You are my love, keep me from ill

You are the light, the truth, the way You are my Savior this very day.

MUSIC MEDITATION:

O Jesus I Have Promised. Orchard Music. The hymn was written in 1869 by John Ernest Bode, an Oxford scholar, poet and hymn writer. This is a modernized version.

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