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Our Journey – A Reflection

March 29, 2020
The Big Thompson River in Estes Park, Colorado

Every Lord’s day since the beginning of the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus pandemic has been “interesting” to say the least. Denise has worked through frustration with our less than adequate internet and computer issues as we seek to put together meaning-filled worship for our Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies family and others who have joined us for worship.

Every day we hear about more tragic losses in our state, nation, and world. How does one see hope in this wilderness?

As I shared the message tonight from Psalm 130 and John 11:1-45, I tried to focus on hope in the midst of darkness and despair. I tried to focus on how our Good Shepherd promises to walk with us through the Valley of the Shadows. This dear reader is what we need to hear and focus on today. This needs to be our focus in the days and months ahead of us.

I find it ironic that we are discovering what it means to be cloistered as Merton and his fellow monks were. Even thought our cloister is different from theirs, we have a common bond. As the challenges of this world crash down upon us, we seek refuge and strength through the one who calms the storms. These are challenging times, dear readers. So in the midst of it all, I find comfort in these words from Merton.

Our real journey in life is interior:
it is a matter of growth, deepening,
and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of
love and grace in our hearts. — Thomas Merton in A Road to Joy.

May we grow deeper into a relationship with God and with one another. And may we walk with each other (even as we keep a safe social distance from each other) through this challenging time.

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