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 recipe||yelled at household to shut up before signing on to lead worship||stared out a window||considered relocating your quarantine to a state where pot is legal||told the truth about how tired you are|
|watched more television than usual||Learned new technological skill||grieved||have cut or considered cutting your own hair||showered at least four days a week|
|refused to watch the news||shrugged at some unusual phenomena by saying “that’s how things are now”||called upon G*d in a VERY LOUD VOICE||plowed through your library’s e-loan program||made some art|
|silently (or not) paired your congregants with Job’s friends according to bad theology statements on social media||re-watched a favorite movie||re-read a favorite book||ruined a new recipe||written a letter|
|consumed more coffee/wine/tea than usual||realized that you might need to wear your nightguard during the day||swore enthusiastically at a “motivational” meme||Zoomed for fun||watched 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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