I wake to stark contrasts
A beautiful sunrise of
lavender and pink
a nearly cloudless morning.

A contrast to the cold, cloudy, rainy
mornings of many days prior
and even the forecast for later today,
scattered showers, falling temps.

The contrast of feeling well and
healthy, all the while knowing
that many do not feel well
and are not healthy…
and even for me,
I had months this winter
where I was unwell,
some weird virus
cold, chest congestion,
breathing issues, sinusitis crud.

But today I feel well
and the morning sun
is beautiful
and I can almost
imagine that
all is right with the world.

This is the peace that comes
from prayer, from faith, from hope,
knowing that there is no power
in this world stronger than God.

I hope when this pandemic is over
when we have a vaccine
and medicine to help
that the world is different.
That WE are different.

The contrast to this hope
of course, are those who
deny the need to stay home,
to shelter in place,
to protect one’s self
and others.

Actions that will prolong
and maybe worsen this.

That is a sharp contrast to
the hope I feel this morning
that maybe, just maybe,
our effort to quarantine
are working.

I wake to sharp contrasts.
Light and dark,
I pray for wholeness
not division,
for health not illness
for hope not despair
for life not death.

The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a church in Dearborn, MI. She is a long time blogger ( and member of the RevGalBlogPals since 2006.

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