I want to talk to you about healing. It was exactly a year ago this week when many of us began to register that the pandemic was going to upend our lives. In March of 2020, I agonized over getting on a plane to officiate a long-planned wedding in Chicago (the daughter of one of my dearest childhood friends) because of the potential danger to my Continue Reading
What Are You Learning In This Pause?
We stand here, in the pause between the world that was and the world that is yet to be. We are still experiencing the cataclysm of this pandemic, and most of us know that everything has changed. The way we learn, communicate, pray with each other, eat, celebrate, and mourn - everything is and will be different from now on. In this midst of this - knowing Continue Reading
Settling In: What Might This Mean Now?
It occurs to me that we might learn a lesson from plants right now about settling in, even as we sit in this place of unknowing. I'll share a story about our foray into gardening yesterday. First, the context that is the background of everything: we do not know how many will suffer and die from this coronavirus. For those of us who are especially Continue Reading
Lay Your Burdens Down For One Day
We are in this time that may seem like one long break. We are not carrying the same, everyday concerns of our previous, before-pandemic lives, but most of us have certainly claimed new worries and anxieties: Grief from the tens of thousands of losses, heart-breaking stories of frontline health workers and other essential people risking their lives, Continue Reading
The Journey You Did Not Choose
What a journey you and I are on right now. Together. We have had trips canceled, weddings postponed, jobs lost. We have had holidays and funerals over Zoom. We walk outside with masks. Not only have we removed events from our calendars, but we have also had to "shed" the skin we have had until now. When this is all over, we will be new Continue Reading