Monday, March 23, 2020
Our Spiritual To-Do List
In Ontario, places of worship were closed over the weekend, whether mosques or synagogues, temples or churches. Some figured out how to broadcast services, some even figured out how to offer virtual eucharist or communion. It's impressive how creative communities of faith are. At our home congregation, Trenton United, pastor/son Isaac provided an array of online spiritual resources, including materials for children.
We took to the woods, stopping by a couple of waterfalls which were raging torrents and then walking trails which were all but empty. As we walked through a beautiful stand of hemlock we offered Holy, Holy, Holy. We saw a Pileated woodpecker in flight close at hand and it was a manifestation of the Spirit of the Living God, wild and free.
I like the list above and the invitation to mindfulness which includes all the senses. We were able to do so yesterday and we certainly didn't take the opportunity for granted.
We say a blessing over our supper meal each evening and it has become a little lengthier these days with prayers for the health and safety of our family, the stamina of courageous health care workers, and the wisdom of political leaders. Even if we may have slipped away from what many of us call "grace", this may be a good time to revive the practice.
The grace and peace of Christ be with you all in this day. May you find your quiet centre amidst the turbulence.
Human air travel may be curtailed but the winged wonders of the creaturely world are on the move. Today's Groundling blog
Jones Falls Ontario