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A Healing Word

March 11, 2021

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress; he sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from destruction.” Psalm 107:19-20

It’s only Day 361 here at the Dispatch, and I have no interest in writing daily reflections on each “coronaversary” we mark. The coming days are full of them, and I imagine I’ll have something to say on Day 365. Today is significant, though. Today marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. It’s a day to pause, to reflect.

Today is also the anniversary of the last time we gathered for in-person worship at Grace without restrictions or registrations, without procedures or protocols. It was a Wednesday. I don’t remember how many people came to Evening Prayer that night, or how many gathered around tables in the Fellowship Hall for dinner. We sat and ate together; can you remember doing such things? The days were a blur. What would we change? What would we cancel? What would we do?

After last night’s live-streamed Evening Prayer, Pastor Costello and a ten-person choir rehearsed for Holy Week and Easter. I sat on the chancel steps just to listen. Ten people, singing together (standing apart, masked) lifting up practice Alleluias in the middle of Lent. I sat there and wept. It’s been so long since I’ve heard such a thing; it sounded like heaven was breaking through. I could almost see the Lamb on his throne, could almost hear the eternal praise of saints and angels.

My goodness, it’s been a long time. For all the ways we connect and maintain fellowship, I still just plain miss you. It’s been too long. Too damn long. But it will not last forever. The Lord will save us. The Lord will heal us. The Lord will bring us together again. Looking back over the past year, one thing I can see clearly: God has been faithful.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of hope, we thank you for the ways you have walked with us through this pandemic. Bring healing. Bring hope. Bring life. And, when possible, bring us back together to sing your praises with one voice. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Grace, March 7 2021. Photo by me.

 

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