Isn’t it a loving God who put inside each of us the yearning to belong—to feel the presence of others—to complete someone else and have them complete us?
Perhaps Covid-19 is the earth’s way of crying out to us. It calls us from our flights, our road rage on the highways, our ball games (I sorely miss the NCAA March Madness!). Surely it has messed with our plans and our entire way of life. But the virus also presents us with a challenge to decide.
I have decided to scratch that itch to reach out to others by starting a “Blogging through the Pandemic” series of postings on our Heatherhope Farm web site.
Right now I plan to post some photos with little tastes of farm life, just to share the Big Reality out there. The life of soil and grass and trees and sheep and dogs and rabbits and hawks and red-winged blackbirds and robins goes on and on. This is because God is good and God is still in charge.
Because I am a pastor, I will also step up the posting of my occasional blog reflections on Sunday readings in the Revised Common Lectionary that many of the mainline Christian denominations use. I am especially hungry to do this because this time of the virus is now overlapping the season of Lent, and this Year A in the Lectionary highlights a series of profound dialogs in the Gospel of John—all of which teach us that the Life that Jesus Christ held out to us all in his ministry (mostly in Jerusalem and Judea) 2,000 years ago, is the same Life he holds out to us today. No matter what crisis we are in—whether it is a viral pandemic or our own personal disaster—we must make critical decisions every day about whose we are and how we are to live. And, if we bind ourselves to Christ in trust, we have a Life that death cannot touch.
So, to start us off, here is a photo I took this morning after putting out hay in the pasture for our sheep to eat. And Bilbo, the guard dog, is faithfully at the ready to ward off any coyotes. It’s a simple scene, but I hope it reminds you that God is trustworthy; and so Life goes on.
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