person-holding-red-petaled-flowers-1876585In some parts of the world, May Day is marked with parades and bonfires and drinking. In other places, it is marked with small baskets of flowers or candy left on a doorstep. For many of our bloggers, the start of a new month has been a time of reflection. What happened in April, and what have we learned from it? What did we think a month ago that our lives would be like on May 1? What do we think now?

At the start of a new month, our bloggers have been reflecting on what has changed and what continues. Here’s a sampling of their writing from this week.

Kristen Berkey-Abbott shares a blog post entitled May Day in a Pandemic Year. “Clearly, we won’t be dancing around a May Pole this year. It’s hard to do social distancing while weaving ribbons in and out. And leaving flower baskets for our neighbors? In these days when most of us have become germaphobes, what would my neighbors make of bouquets on the doorstep?”

As many of us continue in isolation, Sally Coleman offers a prayer, Don’t Let My World Shrink- a Liturgy. “Don’t let my world shrink, and help me to see those who are still around me, to give what I can where I can, to food banks, to charities working in places where others will not go…”

Kathy Manis Findley offers a deep perspective on familiar words in her blog post You Do Not Walk Alone. “I am learning a new pastoral care skill: how to be fully present with someone who is thousands of miles away. I am learning that compassionate care has no boundaries. I am learning that, if I am willing to enter into a soul-to-soul conversation with another person, we can be truly in one another’s presence.”

Elaine Besthorn is captivated by a series of photos of a woman she has never met. In her blog post Aspire… To Be Like Her, Elaine imagines the story of the woman’s life. “I love this lady. Her vim and vigor. Her sense of humor. The unfettered freedom. Her smile. Her wrinkles. Her overalls. And I have no idea who she is.”

Perhaps we aren’t the only ones praying our way through this pandemic. Leslie Scoopmire offers a blog post Prayer 2950: The Prayer of the Dog in Time of COVID-19. “My sigh of peace as I lay my head on the feet of those I love or in the lap of those who stroke my brow and rub my ears is my prayer to You, O Guardian of Life.”

Laura Schmidt Viau looks back on the month just past in her blog post Things I’ve Learned This Month. I especially like #14: “Life really is more about improv than performance, more adapting than planning. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plan or act with intention, but it require loosening our grips and opening our minds.”

And finally, a benediction from Maren Tirabassi in her post A Blessing from Acts 2:42-47. “Blessed are the ones who hold things so much in common that, when they break bread only in their own homes, it becomes a sacrament that awes the world.”

These are just a few of over 150 new blog posts just this week from members of the RevGals blogging community. When you visit blogs on featured here, please leave a Like or a comment so the bloggers will know that you appreciate their work.

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.

Photo by Elina Sazonova from Pexels

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