Socially distancing with my daughter

Holy One,

You are not distant. You are present and listening.

And though I long for worship gatherings and hugs and coffee hour… for leisurely shopping sprees, and errands and to-do lists… I long for You more. For a sense of Your abiding love wrapping me in a cocoon of peace.

But Almighty One, my fears are real. My health and well-being is in Your hands (even as I wash mine…), and in the hands of strangers who may not be keeping their distance. May the longings I feel for “normalcy” and freedom from fear find their rest in You, and You alone.

Be with those I love, who are separated by miles, but are always close in my heart. May I learn new ways to embrace the lonely valleys even as I dream of dancing again on the heights.

You. Are. Always. With me.

Thanks be to God.


Rev. Deborah Vaughn, BCC is a board-certified hospice chaplain endorsed by the Alliance of Baptists. She blogs at An Unfinished Symphony and was a contributor to There’s a Woman in the Pulpit. She is an avid Buckeye fan down to her scarlet-painted toes!

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