Parkview Reflection by Rev. Mary for Monday, April 27, 2020
Hello Parkview members & readers,
The reality of living with COVID-19 continues to envelop us, and here we are, all cooped up in our houses, maybe going out only once a week for groceries, or sitting on our porches chatting with neighbours on the sidewalk a good lawn’s distance away! Isn’t this an interesting way to communicate! It is confining, but some people are very creative in “reaching out” to others. Have you seen signs in windows, and chalk drawings on the sidewalk, or little stuffed animals sitting on porches, or decorations on a door or lawn? I saw a large, funny face made of decals stuck on a house door – big eyes, nose, smiling mouth, etc., and it made me laugh! I’ve seen a large Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse sitting in a window alcove waving at passersby. I saw a colourful, decorated sign at one house thanking our essential, at-risk workers who continue to serve our community. All these gestures bring goodwill, joy, laughter and cheeriness to others.
I do think that we’re learning to watch out for each other and care for each other in brand new ways. I think that COVID-19 is “getting us out of the box” even though we are confined “in the box” of where we live. I think we’re more aware of each other and each other’s needs. This is such a good development! And one Jesus taught us to live.
“The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same,” Luke 3: 16.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me [Jesus],” Matthew 25: 35, 36, 40.
When Jesus feeds the 5,000, the disciples initially want him to send the crowds away to go buy food for themselves, but Jesus says: “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat,” Matthew 14: 16.
The following is a wonderful story of a grocery store in Kitchener doing just that. May God bless us in these very different times, and may we be a blessing to others however we can, and whenever we have an opportunity. Let’s bring joy, happiness, laughter and goodwill to our communities, and let’s be creative!
Take care, keep safe, and God bless!
“Instead of calling the police after catching a man allegedly stealing, Central Fresh Market sent him on his way with a bag of groceries.”