Parkview COVID-19 Posting #11
Tuesday March 24, 2020
Hello Parkview members and all readers,
We are in the season of Lent. We began this season on Ash Wednesday February 26, 2020, and throughout forty days, we are asked to walk with Jesus to the cross. For we Christians, Easter is the holiest season throughout the entire year when we honour and celebrate our faith. With the COVID-19 crisis sweeping around the world, has Easter become somewhat over-shadowed? Can we reclaim a spiritual attendance to this most important time? We are to ponder, wonder, examine, explore, and grow in our faith. We are to look at the life of Jesus, why he came to earth, what he accomplished here on earth, what did he want to teach us, what did he want to leave with us, what connection to God did Jesus bring, teach, and reveal to us? Can we focus more strongly on these days of Lent which will help us in our faith, and help us cope with COVID-19?
Lent speaks about repentance. And the word “repent” means an about-turn. We are to literally turn around and face another way. Lent speaks about resolution and suffering. Jesus was resolute in facing the cross, in facing the persecution and suffering ahead, in dying that horrible death, in giving up his life for us so that we could have something better. Jesus revealed resurrection: rebirth, newness of life, eternal life, life beyond death. The Spirit of God was with Jesus, in Jesus, and that Spirit offers us the same renewal connected with them.
How can we “repent” from COVID-19 – meaning, turn around and face another way, turn from its turmoil and face another direction – to look to Jesus and God for the promise of resurrection? Despite the suffering and persecution which we, the entire world is going through at this time, can we see the promise of Easter? Rebirth? Renewal?
When Jesus was facing his trials and the cross, he focused on God. He focused on God’s Presence with him every minute and every second. God’s power and God’s strength gave Jesus the strength he needed to face his ordeals. Perhaps caught up in this COVID-19 time of crisis, we can do the same? Look to the example of Jesus? Remember his suffering, his determination, his resolution, his reliance on God to sustain, his belief in resurrection, his hope for the world?
When the COVID-19 pandemic began, I said the best thing we could do was to pray. It is still the best thing. Pray for our doctors, our medical teams, our scientists and researchers, our hospitals and nurses, our families, loved ones, friends, neighbours, our city, our communities, our organizations reaching out to help others, our mayors and councillors, Prime Minister, nation, the world and all its inhabitants. Pray to God for God’s power and strength to sustain us and give us hope for resurrection: a new day, a new future, rebirth, renewal for the earth and all peoples. Pray for God’s Presence to be with us every second and minute to help sustain us and get us through this time of trial. Pray for God’s peace and a calming of our troubled minds and hearts.
Can we light a candle today representing all the prayers of all God’s peoples being lifted to God? In faith and hope for the world? And for each other?