Today I’d like to share a poem sent by a member of our Parkview congregation called “THE MOST POWERFUL Coronavirus Letter To Humanity.” We’ve seen articles, reflections and poems over these past few months reminding humanity of our part in the chaos of our present world – pollution, materialism, mass landfills, weather changes, etc. – and that perhaps COVID-19 is teaching us a lesson. We feel humbled and convicted with these messages. Yes, we know we play a major part in the negative state of our world. We feel chastised.
And then, listen to the song called “To Believe” in the video, so beautifully sung by young Jackie Evancho who has such an incredible voice. It is a song of prayer with words of hope. The young girl sings a promise to God that we will change. It is a positive message. This song will leave you feeling a sense of forgiveness as we turn to God with convicted hearts, acknowledging our failures, frailties and mistakes, seeking forgiveness, and wanting to change. In the song, the very last line in her spoken prayer says: “I promise I’ll do the very best I can.” It will perhaps move you to tears. We know that God will forgive us. God loves us and our world.
Let’s acknowledge the task of changing our world with God as our Helper. God wants the best for us. With a prayerful attitude, God will guide us because God wants us to be healthy and God wants a healthy world. The song closes with: “Hear each cry and listen to each prayer. Help us do your will, O Father, in the name of all that’s true, and we’ll see in one another the loving image of You.”
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11.
Blessings to all, keep safe and keep well, Rev. Mary
Coronavirus Letter To Humanity
The earth whispered but you did not hear.
The earth spoke but you did not listen
The earth screamed but you turned her off.
And so, I was born…
I was not born to punish you …
I was born to awaken you …
The earth cried out for help…
Massive flooding – But you didn’t listen.
Burning fires – But you didn’t listen.
Strong hurricanes – But you didn’t listen.
Terrifying Tornadoes – But you didn’t listen.
You still don’t listen to the earth when
Ocean animals are dying due to pollutants in the waters.
Glaciers melting at an alarming rate.
You didn’t listen to how much negativity the earth is receiving.
You just kept going on with your life …
No matter how much hate there was …
No matter how many killings daily.
It was more important to get that latest iPhone
than worry about what the earth was trying to tell you …
But now I am here.
And I’ve made the world stop on its tracks.
I’ve made YOU finally listen.
I’ve made you take refuge.
I’ve made you stop thinking about materialistic things …
Now you are like the earth…
You are only worried about YOUR survival.
How does that feel?
I give you fever … as the fires burn on earth.
I give you respiratory issues – as pollution fills the earth’s air.
I give you weakness as the earth weakens every day.
I took away your comforts …
The things you would use to forget about the planet and its pain.
And I made the world stop.
China has better air quality … Skies are clear blue because factories are
not spewing pollution into the earth’s air.
The water in Venice is clean and dolphins are being seen.
Because the gondola boats that pollute the water are not being used.
YOU have to take time to reflect on what is important in your life.
Again, I am not here to punish you … I am here to Awaken you…
When all this is over and I am gone… Please remember these moments …
Listen to the earth.
Listen to your soul.
Stop polluting the earth.
Stop Fighting among each other.
Stop caring about materialistic things. And start loving your neighbours.
Start caring about the earth and all its creatures.
Because next time I may come back even stronger
And here is the song “To Believe” – beautifully sung by a young Jackie Evancho. It is a song of prayer with words of hope.