Greetings, St. Andrew’s Community and friends!
Well, it feels like one step forward and two steps back. Last Saturday I put the finishing touches on my office---put all the books up on the shelf, decorated a little, and organized my office supplies. As excited as I was to start a routine down at the church, I suspect there was a little denial at work. It's not like I didn’t know that stay-at-home orders were pending, I was just not thinking about it. But now that it's official, the denial has vanished and I am ready to comply.
The office will be open for essential business only. That means, those of us who can get their work done from home will do so (that means me). As disappointed as I am, I am anxious to do my part. I imagine for those of you who have been isolated at home without any visitors this is very dispiriting. Who could have imagined that we would be enduring this so long? And yet, as I write, the first delivery of vaccines are scheduled to arrive next week. Although this is a very dark time, there is a light dawning at the end of this tunnel.
Perhaps, while we are all sheltering in place and reducing our activities, we can focus on spiritual labor. By this, I mean this quiet solitude is a good opportunity to hold a prayer vigil. Throughout the day, stop and pray for nurses, doctors, Covid patients, hospital administrators, all those in prisons, long-term health care facilities, teachers, students, the homeless….the list goes on. What better way to spend our time than to commune with the One who is our hope and who ties us all together as one?
Wishing you peace,