My congregation has been through a lot this year. At the beginning of the year we were threatened with gun violence by a former member of the congregation, who is also a pastor. One day I’ll talk details and share the notes, but we are not done with the court case, so I won’t say much. I will say that it was terrifying not only for my family and myself, but also for the congregation. I have shown signs of PTSD and am getting the help that I need.
I had made so many decisions to try and keep people safe during the weeks that it happened that I was content thinking that I probably wouldn’t have to help make decisions like that again…maybe ever.
But, Covid-19 said, “Hold my beer.”
We just received word that our county is on a “Shelter in Place” order for the next three weeks beginning midnight March 17th. That means we won’t be able to have church in person before Holy Week. Luckily I live where I serve.
This has been the longest year ever.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I know that the risen Christ joins us on our journeys. Threats of gun violence or Covid-19 does not have the final say over our lives.
We have to take care of each other.
Wouldn’t it be great if this experience teaches us in our bodies that we actually need universal health care? Wouldn’t it be great if this teaches us that we have to look after the vulnerable amongst us? Wouldn’t it be great if we learned deep within our bones that we are our brother’s keeper?
I’m praying we learn it just a little bit.
But I’m telling you I feel tapped out on disaster planning. I’m grateful that I have an amazing council who are stepping up to help.