While in “normal” times, I have very mixed feelings about bingo, right now- I’m all for it. I know we are all experiencing different griefs, pains, and hopes in our various places and vocations. This bingo card is not at all intended to imply what anyone “should” be doing, but instead to offer encouragement that you are not alone.

Pastoring/Chaplaining/Serving During COVID-19

tried a new recipeyelled at household to shut up before signing on to lead worshipstared out a windowconsidered relocating your quarantine to a state where pot is legaltold the truth about how tired you are
watched more television than usualLearned new technological skillgrievedhave cut or considered cutting your own hairshowered at least four days a week
refused to watch the newsshrugged at some unusual phenomena by saying “that’s how things are now”called upon G*d in a VERY LOUD VOICEplowed through your library’s e-loan programmade some art
silently (or not) paired your congregants with Job’s friends according to bad theology statements on social mediare-watched a favorite moviere-read a favorite bookruined a new recipewritten a letter
consumed more coffee/wine/tea than usualrealized that you might need to wear your nightguard during the dayswore enthusiastically at a “motivational” memeZoomed for funwatched a church service that’s not yours

We are in strange, painful, and worrisome times, friends. There is much to keep an eye on and to do, yet the grief and realities of the situation sap many of us of motivation and focus. Others are hyper-focused, but still ache and feel frustrations, unable to do the things that are most crucial or life-giving to their souls.

A little light-heartedness goes a long way in these times. This is not a “should”, but a permission to take as you’re able. Wherever you can find a shimmer of hope, hold it lightly and let it hold you, even for seconds.

The Reverend Julia Seymour serves Big Timber Lutheran Church (ELCA)  in Big Timber, MT. She blogs at lutheranjulia.blogspot.com and readsallthethings.com. She contributed to There’s A Woman in the Pulpit and is President of the board of RevGalBlogPals, Inc.

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4 thoughts on “Wit’s-End-Day: COVID-19 Bingo Edition

  1. Thank you! I laughed out loud when I read, May need to wear your night guard during the day. It has occurred to me.
    Victoria Shepherd


  2. Love the honesty in some of these bingo squares. Thank you for making it “OK” not to be fully available all the time;-)


  3. Well, I’ve always spent time nearly every day staring out a window! I never watch the news (or any TV)–only read it. Definitely watched a different church service. I cut my own hair for years until about 5 years ago; may have to take that up again. Three new recipes for Easter dinner, all Middle Eastern! Learned a new technology: hahahahahahahahaha! It will be my death.

    And here’s a hopeful blessing: The free OneLicense has run out. On a Zoom chat with presbytery colleagues today I was asking for creative ideas. One person suggested that the presbytery buy a license to be used by the tiniest churches, and another said he would pledge his church to cover 25% of the license for us. An hour after the meeting a third emailed to say she had talked with her husband and she was putting a check in the mail, to be used as my minuscule congregation sees fit. Where was all this support before? What a blessing that we’ve discovered it now! The church is entering a new and wonderful era.


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