When we think of Covid-19, I know that we all get worried. I’ve been fighting a cold over several weeks (!), and last week it developed into a chest cough. Now as I type, it seems to be clearing up, and I’m relieved about that. But just a few days ago, I was phoning TeleHealth and our local Huron-Perth Health Unit to see what my options were. I don’t have a doctor in town (she closed her practice the end of February), and it turns out, that if I need to see a doctor, I will have to go to the Emergency Dept. at the hospital. I don’t want to go there! Right away, I thought – I’ll be exposing myself to the virus! There may be a chance that I will get it! And we are taking risks every time we go grocery shopping, or entering any public places. This pandemic has us all on our guard. It is a threat and a danger. We can’t help but worry.
But again, going back to my devotionals, just a few days ago someone wrote: “At times we may feel like everything around us is in disarray. We may be confused, disappointed, or discouraged. Even when we feel like we are on the brink of perishing, we can find comfort when we remember that Jesus is with us and will see us through the storm. When life feels turbulent, we do not need to fear. We can call on Jesus, who can calm whatever seems unsteady.”
That is truly our hope. And that is why Jesus came. To bring us His assurance that He knows what we’re going through, He isn’t going to abandon us, He will stick with us right through these “storms,” whatever they are, and Jesus offers us His comfort and His peace.
Recently, I included with my reflection a video of little Claire Crosby singing a song about friendship with her Dad Dave Crosby. I found another video of Claire singing with her Dad again, a song about the peace of Christ. Its setting is a garden filled with flowers and buds coming out on the trees, which speaks to us of spring and gardens blooming again for us soon. May this video uplift your soul and calm your Spirit. May the peace of Christ be with you.
And in closing, I include an Easter poem written by Joyce Rupp, called Awaken Me. May it inspire and bring gladness, rejuvenation, and Easter joy! Blessings, Rev. Mary
come, meet me
in the garden of my life.
Lure me into elation.
Revive my silent hope.
Coax my dormant dreams.
Raise up my neglected gratitude.
Entice my tired enthusiasm.
Give life to my faltering relationships.
Roll back the stone of my indifference.
Unwrap the deadness in my spiritual life.
Impart heartiness in my work.
send me forth as a disciple of your unwavering love,
of your unlimited joy.
may I become
ever more convinced
that your presence lives on,
and on, and on,