Good Friday 2020 – a meditation

Thanks be to God.

O Lord, with a tiny, invisible pathogen, you have shaken all the institutions of man.

We have been haughty, relying on governments to keep us safe.
We have been arrogant, believing we can understand all things, control all things,
improve all things through science.
We have been foolish, refusing the lessons of history and economics, striving continually
for more and bigger and better, holding to our own standards of measure rather than yours.
We have been ignorant, shutting our ears and our minds to ideas other than our own,
closing them even to your truth.

 
Thanks be to God.

O Lord, in humility and dependence on you and your goodness, we thank you for the coronavirus, as we give thanks in all things.

We brought the pandemic by our stubborn intransigence, our misplaced patriotism,
our toxic nationalism, and our quarrelsome attitudes.
We are living out the consequences of those choices now.

 
Thanks be to God.

O Lord, you could as easily have destroyed us all in less than an instant, but in your mercy you have instead given us time.

We have time now to reflect on our decisions and their impact.
We have time now to notice the beauty of your creation, sky and earth and air and water
and life in innumerable forms.
We have time now to see others and relish their presence.
We have time now to appreciate the value of the many ordinary things that offer us
opportunity for joyful and meaningful life.
We have time now to consider our lives and how we want to spend them.
We have time now to de-clutter drawers and closets, in our homes and in our hearts,
time now to rid our houses and lives of the odds and ends and broken bits that block and trip and frustrate us.
We have time now to sing.
We have time now to rest.
We have time now to pray.
We have time now to create.
We have time now to understand that all we ever truly have
is time: Now.

 
Thanks be to God.

O Lord, you have allowed many to understand the inner wonders of the human body.

We thank you for making our flesh resilient, able to heal.
We thank you for healers, for their training and knowledge, for their selflessness and
perseverance, for their commitment and caring.
We thank you for healing medicines and equipment and procedures.
We thank you for wise and brave leaders who face the hard logistical decisions, who
countenance the unknown with calm and steadiness.

 
Thanks be to God.

O Lord, we remember that you said it is not good to be alone, yet we find ourselves isolated. A deep gash runs through our communities. Even those of us deemed essential workers, while surrounded by strangers, are yet cut off by the rules of social distancing, even from loved ones.

In the absence of handshakes, may we give more smiles.
In the absence of hugs, may we offer more encouragement.
In the absence of in-person visits, may we reach across the distancing in other ways.
In the absence of physical touch, may we open our hearts to touch the hearts of others.

 
Thanks be to God.

We get to carry each other.

 


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