The coronavirus outbreak has us all doing things we never thought we’d do (social distancing!), and not doing things we’ve always loved to do.
Women who love coming together face to face for the Gather Bible study, or for Cafe faith reflections, or for making quilts – or for any reason at all! – are giving up those good things for now, for the greater good.
So for some of us, here in this lonely wilderness time of stay-home orders, let’s use this time of letting go to strengthen and celebrate the ties that have kept us together this far and can continue to keep us together even through and beyond what’s going on around us.
Combine the practice of letting go with the practice of gratitude. Today, I’m grateful for the phone. I’m grateful for the internet. I’m grateful for the neighbors all around the world who sing together from their windows, balconies, and porches. What are you grateful for today?
This message is an excerpt from “Combine social distancing with gratitude,” a Women of the ELCA blog by Audrey Novak Riley. Today is Holy Trinity Sunday and the first Sunday after Pentecost. We remember Seattle, chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, who died in 1866.