Musing 3.20.20

This week has been as busy as any before the cancellation of events. My plans to observe and experience a sabbath rest have not been realized. I continue to read the psalms daily, but it is hard to focus. I find that I am easily distracted by the news of the virus and speculation of what is next. I feel like I have to keep tuned in so that I don’t miss anything. It is hard to concentrate on anything else, or do anything else. In addition to distraction, I am frustrated by what is not happening and by my lack of technological ability (but I am learning). Finally I am fearful of what might happen. In short, I continue to experience stress and fatigue from the distraction, fear, and frustration. I know I am not alone. Is there a balm in Gilead?

On Thursday I re-watched Mr. Rogers’ 2002 commencement address at Dartmouth College. That was the refreshment I needed. The entire speech is renewing, especially beginning at the ten minute mark. I find that taking his recommended one minute of silence to think about those who have helped me become who I am today was like a cup of cold water. I encourage you to watch the video, take the minute of silence each day, and find yourself in a better place. This is the balm for our spiritual and emotional health.

I pray for your health.

John Keeny, Senior Pastor