Pastor’s Note

October 2020

I just read an article by Dr. Aisha Ahmad, assistant professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto. She wrote about reaching the 6-month mark of the pandemic and how many people feel, 6 months in to any sustained crisis, like they are hitting a wall. People feel like they want to “get away” or “make it stop,” whatever crisis they are going through. She assures us, in this article, that this is normal and we need to take a deep breath and face the next phase of this pandemic with assurance and calm, while at the same time being gentle with ourselves.

She writes, “there are things we have to do. Work. Teach. Cook. Exercise. But just don’t expect to be sparklingly happy or wildly creative in the middle of your wall. Right now, if you can meet your obligations and be kind to your loved ones, you get an A+…roll with it. Clear away less challenging projects. Read a novel. Download that meditation app…try to give yourself a mental…’shore leave.’ Short mental escapes can offer respite and distance from the everyday struggle.”

Friends, I know that we are all in this for the long haul and that we are all in this together. As we begin in-person worship in our church building, I note the competing impulses of wanting to get back together for worship and the reality that we are facing the second surge of COVID cases with local schools closing in the aftermath of recent outbreaks.

I’m praying for all of you these days, especially those families whose lives have been touched directly by a family member being infected by this virus, and those who are navigating work plus schooling their children in their homes. These are difficult times for all of us, but some of us are going through increased stress because of what is happening to our families.

In this time in history let us be good to ourselves and to one another. Please take time for yourself if you feel like you have hit a wall. Please consider the needs of others as you mask up to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as any one of us may not yet have symptoms but are spreading the virus with our breath. Please consider one another in love as we continue through this season of uncertainty as we cling to hope.

I’m looking forward to this month’s series on Religion AND Politics as we seek to find ways to civilly discuss (not debate) matters that are important in how we work together as a society. We’re seeking to reclaim the heart of democracy. Please join us online or, if you feel comfortable doing so, in-person, as we explore this
important topic.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32 ESV

Blessings,
Pastor Holly