2018-08-05 12.09.53The biggest thing on the minds of RevGal bloggers this week is, not surprisingly, the COVID-19 virus: how to keep ourselves and our families safe, how to care for the vulnerable people in our communities, how to lead worship without gathering in a large group, how to nurture community when we are physically separated.

Ordinarily the Friday Festival features a handful of blog posts from our members each week. This week the number of posts was nearly double its usual 100-or-so, and you might welcome the gift of some inspirational reading from your RevGal colleagues. So there are more articles than usual in this Festival.

In her blog The Gracious Heretic, Connie Tuttle reminds us that “Why is not the question.” And she suggests a better question that we can ask at this time.

“This was not in my plans!” is a common lament as we postpone yet one more thing we were counting on doing this spring. Deb Vaughn reflects on this lament in her blog An Unfinished Symphony.

Many of us are disoriented by the many changes in where and how we work. We don’t know the time of the Zoom meeting we agreed to attend, and we’re not even so sure of what day it is. In her blog Standing on the Side of Love, Marguerite Sheehan describes the feeling as “Time Collapsing.”

In this time of so much change and loss, our grief over the big things can come exploding out when we are thwarted in the little things. Katherine Kanto Doyle recounts just such an incident in her blog Just Katherine.

One of the stressors in this time of stay-at-home is that even the things we used to do on autopilot now need to be carefully thought out and planned. Melanie Lynn Griffin writes about grocery shopping in her blog Writing with Spirit.

In her blog At the Table with April Fiet, April thinks about the idols in our lives that have been toppled by this pandemic and wonders “when the idols come toppling down from their high places, there is a kind of grief that accompanies that as well. Perhaps that grieving is repentance.”

Susannah DeBenedetto wonders where we are to find hope in these uncertain times. She offers some ideas in her blog Tea and Theology.

Kristin Berkey-Abbott writes in Liberation Theology Lutheran. This week she is feeling the pain of events scheduled for the coming summer that have been cancelled.

Many people are having trouble sleeping in this time of upheaval. In her blog Katy and the Word, Katy Stenta shares a prayer for the gift of rest and sleep.

And because one of God’s gifts to us in the middle of struggle is the gift of laughter, we have this offering of “Oh Lord Throughout This Quarantine” from Sarah Randall SSM in her blog Sister Sarah’s Excellent Adventure.

These are just a few of the nearly 200 new blog posts just this week from members of the RevGals blogging community. When you visit blogs featured in this post, please leave a Like or a comment so the bloggers will know that you appreciate their work.

A note about the photo in this post: In the summer of 2018, I spent two weeks at the Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY, USA). I passed these figures every day as I walked around the grounds. The artist is Kirsten Engstrom of Mayville, NY, USA. She calls this grouping “United We Stand” and offers this description: “These women stand tall. They reach out to each other. They bravely show us the way to communicate. They demonstrate that in this world of great diversity, there is a peaceful way to form community.”

Barbara Bruneau is a retired Lutheran pastor, living in southeastern Minnesota. She is a knitter, a weaver, and a very occasional blogger at An Explosion of Texture and Color.

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