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Fully Alive – A Reflection

March 22, 2020
Lake Susan – Montreat Camp and Conference Center, Montreat, North Carolina

Today has been a long yet fulfilling day for me and for Denise. We had virtual Fellowship with our congregation this morning at 11am and Evening Worship for the Fourth Sunday of Lent at 6pm. Even though we are both exhausted we are also very happy to be able to offer virtual worship and fellowship for our congregation while we are isolated due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.

Next week we will host Midday Prayer using the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Book of Common Worship as our source. These offerings will be Monday – Thursday (not on Friday or Saturday since we are trying to take some Sabbath rest for ourselves). On Wednesdays we will have our Midweek Service and we will continue our Social Hour on Thursdays, and our Church Fellowship on Sunday mornings. Yes, this is a full plate for us, but with our church being closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, our congregation and community needs this sort of virtual worship and fellowship as they seek to avoid the downside of social isolation.

During the rising pandemic in this nation we have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of humankind. While there is plenty of bad and ugly (which the media tends to focus on), I am seeing a lot of the good and kind and faithful behavior in our community, state, nation, and world.

I believe the only way that humankind can pull through this distressing time is for us to come together and truly be alive together. Thomas Merton wrote the following in his book, Thoughts in Solitude: If a man or a woman is to live, he/she must be all alive, body, soul, mind, heart, spirit. Everything must be elevated and transformed by the action of God, in love and truth. (p. 15)

This is my hope and this is my prayer for all of humankind as we navigate this new reality together. Dear Reader, from our lips, to God’s ear, let us pray…

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