Before the declaration of the 2020 COVID-19 Global Pandemic, I began a daily writing on Ash Wednesday (February 26, 2020) alongside a Lenten Devotion: Lent and Easter: Wisdom of Henri M. Nouwen. Following the declaration by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020 and everyone sheltering-in-place, my Lenten writing became a daily Pandemic writing.
Fifty-five days later, I began a new writing – A Study on Time and Our Relationship To Time. This writing continued for another forty-one days. Pentecost Sunday – the day we celebrated the birth of the church, called into being by God was the end of that study as it was time to begin anew with a study on the church (universal) – who we are and who we, as the people of God are called to be.
This is where this blog writing begins …
The questions I asked in my “Study of Time” are still relevant and will be revisited in this new Study of the church: The People of God in Context – at this particular place and in this particular time. And, I will pose new questions along the journey:
- What have we learned about ourselves thus far in this “sheltering-in-place” time?
- What emotions have surfaced?
- Where do we see God’s Holy Spirit moving in and through us and those around us – and at work in the world?
- What has changed in our lives?
- How have we adapted?
- What new rhythms do we want to continue to nurture and carry forth?
- Who is God calling us to be right now today?
- Who is God calling us to be in the future – on the other side of the 2020 Pandemic?
- What measures – steps – do we need to take today towards
- where we believe,
- who we believe,
- how we believe – God is calling us – the church – the people of God – to be both now and then?
These are the ponderings I had as I began this new study – this new daily writing. I invite you to join with me on this daily journey and ponder along with me, beginning today.
Spirit, spirit of gentleness,
blow through the wilderness, calling and free,
Spirit, spirit of restlessness,
stir me from placidness, wind, wind on the sea.
You moved on the waters, you called to the deep,
then you coaxed up the mountains from the valleys of sleep;
and over the eons you called to each thing;
“Awake from your slumbers and rise on your wings.”
You swept through the desert, you stung with the sand
and you goaded your people with a law and a land;
and when they were blinded with idols and lies,
then you spoke through your prophets to open their eyes.
You sang in a stable, you cried from a hill,
then you whispered in silence when the whole world was still;
and down in the city you called once again,
when you blew through your people on the rush of the wind.
You call from tomorrow, you break ancient schemes.
From the bondage of sorrow all the captives dream dreams;
our women see visions, our men clear their eyes.
With bold new decisions your people arise.
(Text & Music: James K. Manley, 1975; TUNE: SPIRIT, Irregular)
May the Holy Spirit fall upon you, encompass you, and support you.
May the Holy Spirit transform you, lead you, and equip you.
May the Holy Spirit give you encouragement, strength, and comfort
to serve and worship our triune God both now and forever. Amen.
Rev. Susan Carter Wiggins, 060120