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March 18 Post

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“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble…” - Psalm 46:1

Question: How are you staying connected?

The seagulls rose as one, their perfect synchronicity evident and unrehearsed. Rising and falling they circled the beach, then arched across the water into light. From the dawn of time, birds in flight taught us lessons on social distancing we may not previously have noticed. They draft off-wing from one another, the one before, behind, equi-distant so all may fly.

The social distancing under which we reluctantly avoid the very contact that makes us human, may also make it possible for us to move together though apart. Though separated for a time, we remain as inextricably connected with one another as birds in flight. That’s the covenant we make when we promise to love God and neighbor as self. In wedding vows, we proclaim that: “what God has joined together, let no one separate.” This reminds us that through seasons of want and plenty, through sickness and in health, we pledge to love and care for one another always in the name of the one who showed us the way.

We trust that God works for good in all things, so I’m curious about the ways God is at work through social distancing and self-quarantine. I’m wondering what imaginative ways we will stay connected as a community, whether we greet one another face to face, or not.

What if just for this week, we imagine that our survival depends as much upon our connection as our distance from those who usually join us in fight? How can we creatively connect with those in our circle of care, to let them know we love them and we are with them, until that day when we unite in the flesh once more?

Prayer: Loving and merciful God, grant the assurance that you are here now. Give the gift of quiet and rest; pour forth renewal of strength; guide our flight across new waters. And in all things, we affirm that you are indeed our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble. Amen.

God’s Grace, Mercy and Peace be with you,

Rev. Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Interim Senior Minister
The Community Church of Vero Beach, Florida