Encountering Each Other – After Sanitizing
This past week, my after-school greeting became so predictable (WASH YOUR HANDS!) that my daughters started beating me to it by rushing to the sink when they stepped in the door. My big coup this morning at Grace was finding three forgotten bottles of Purell tucked forgotten in a cabinet, and I nabbed one of those enormous packages of toilet paper at Costco on Monday morning along with a few hundred other people.
Strange times, my friends. Over afternoon tea, one of my daughters and I discussed how to handle the day's worrying news in this season of Lent. We realized what Lent offers us is a series of invitations: to give our anxiety back to God, find other nurture for our minds, slow down to enjoy one another, and find many opportunities for laughter. Lent also calls us to service and generosity to our neighbors, something that resonated with me this week even as I put away my hard-won hoard of paper goods from Costco.
Thankfully, there are beautiful voices to which we may attune our ears. I heard them this week at Grace, in the Tuesday night Lenten series, the Healing Service yesterday, and in the footstep of every person who enters the church doors; I hear them in the poetry I read and the singing of my daughters, and I hear them in the few moments of silence given to me late at night. There are Lenten encounters that don't require hand sanitizer and are possible even if you can't make it to church, including reading the book of John and this delightful daily email from the Church of England that reminds us that we can be change makers in the world.
Today, friends, may you encounter the joy of the Spirit; may you know peace that passes understanding; may you find unhindered laughter bubbling up somewhere deep inside; and may you know you are loved by this community and the God who calls you by name. Amen.
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