So…my blog has a virus. Go figure. My apologies it is not arriving by email first thing. It’s kind of humorous that a Lenten peace blog has contracted a virus where I receive multiple spam emails a day in Arabic or Turkish ( I don’t know which) with X-rated return email addresses.
Uncle. Practicing safety first. And, my community of technology helpers have their own Corona concerns and inconvenienecs. So, we roll with it. Hopefully back in action soon, and posts will still be on website under “blog.”
Trying to look at the positives today, despite the newfound constraints, concerns, and inconveniences of Corona, of which there are many, for everyone. I’m thankful for communities reaching out with support, for 1st world health care. And also for technology as a connector, enabling us to keep community, here for example, even if we need to stay six feet apart.
Community is everything, which is why it’s a core tenant of most religions. Jesus said where two or more are gathered in my name, I am there among them. I understand that to mean not just that He will be there and we will be heard, but that we are doing as we are meant to be doing. Following His way; being in relationship, loving one another, leaning on one another, supporting one another. Being in community is central to living a whole and holy life.
Now is a time to lean in–to your support network, to your call to help others who might be struggling, and into your faith with the assurance that:
You Are Not Alone
All Will be Well,
One Day at a Time.
In More Together than Alone, Mark Nepo speaks of the aspen trees, my favorite of all. Aspens multiply quickly and exponentially. Above the ground they grow as individual trees, but below ground they’re “enlivened by one interconnected set of roots.”
“When an individual tree dies, it’s as if the grove loses a branch. The grove then rushes nutrients to the damaged area the way immune cells rush to the site of an infection. “ Water absorbed to one portion of the grove, is sent out to others farther from the source.
“This is the aspen wisdom we need. We need aspen sensitivity, aspen memory, and aspen compassion. We need to learn to enliven that depth of connectedness whereby we can feel all of humanity while living our very small, individual lives.”
Amen and be well, sisters and brothers. And, if you need a resource or have a question or I, we, this community can be of any help, please feel free to put out there in comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org