God, as so many of the ways we care
turn to online and telephone,
I feel “connected” to Paul, James,
and Priscilla who wrote
the letter to the Hebrews,
beginning the church’s long tradition
of remote worship and spiritual care.
So I pray with the letter to Lydia’s church —
Thank you, God, for my remembering
of faithful, joyful, prayerful pastors
sharing in the gospel
even when new normal changes every day.
I thank you that we are neither
the beginning nor the completion
of the good work of the church.
I am grateful that we are connected
in heart and grace —
during the quarantine of coronavirus,
and the ongoing needs
for joy-sharing and caregiving
that have nothing to do with this illness,
but are curve-flattened because of it.
May love overflow with knowledge
and full insight,
and they not be seen as opposites.
Help us to determine what is best …
or maybe just better.
May we not be so Pauline
to try for pure and blameless,
as modeling safe and compassionate,
for all your children
in church and community,
knowing our lives always
by Christ Jesus. amen
(improv on Philippians 1: 3-11)
Maren C. Tirabassi is grateful to Susan Lynch for the whimsy of her Boston Common Walk photo of how we like the ducklings just keep on going. Maren’s most recent book is A Child Laughs: Prayers of Justice and Hope and she is honored to be a contributor to Resipiscence 2020: A Lenten Devotional for Dismantling White Supremacy (Hasan, Torbett). she blogs at http://email@example.com/
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