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Courage – A Reflection

April 5, 2020
The view from our Condo Deck.

Today has been another long, yet productive day. We spent the morning preparing for and offering our Midday Prayer from the PCCR Chapel over Zoom. The afternoon and evening were spent preparing for additional worship services for the days ahead. I tried to isolate myself from the news and headlines but it was difficult to ignore. So much that is offered up as courage is really cowardice. Putting Grandparents lives on the line to protect the economy? Really? I seem to recall Jesus saying you cannot worship both God and Mammon. Sadly some are making that choice blatantly and it is not courageous.

Yet in the midst of this all, I hear so many stories of true heroism from our Doctors, Nurses, Nursing Assistants, and Med Techs as they care for the public often to the danger of their own well-being. Medical care specialists standing watch with patients who are dying because the family members aren’t allowed in because of the dangers posed by COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. These compassionate women and men step in to be family for those who cannot have family beside them as they take their final breath. I know some of those medical folks by name and writing this brings tears to my eyes and an ache to my heart.

How can we do anything but dig deep within our hearts and souls to bring up the light, love, compassion, and tenderness that God calls us to share with EVERYONE. Instead of griping because a church won’t be open for Easter or a National Park is closed to protect the at-risk population in the community around the park, why don’t we try a little tenderness and compassion…

As I spent some time listening to music, reading, and working with Denise; I found the following words of Thomas Merton quite relevant. Without courage we can never attain to true simplicity. Cowardice keeps us “double minded”—hesitating between the world and God. In this hesitation, there is no true faith—faith remains an opinion. (Thoughts in Solitude, p. 24)

What is courage? It is the courage to think of others before ourselves… it is the selflessness that repairs the breach and reaches out to those in need without questions about so-called worthiness. Dear reader, we need to courageously step out and confront the selfishness of so many in this land. We need to show them the better way… the way of love, the way of hope, the way of grace, the way of peace… May we step up to the plate and do just that as we seek to love God and ALL neighbors… to Do Justice, Love Kindness/Mercy, and Walk Humbly with God.

  1. Amen my friend. Amen. Blessings!

    • Blessings to you and yours, Nancie ❤️❤️ Colorado just declared Shelter in Place until at least April 17th. We moved the broadcasting equipment to our Condo so we can set up a new worship location…

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