What Can Save Us?

This is the week where my eyes decided they were done with video calls. Seriously, by Tuesday afternoon, I could barely open them.

What stage of quarantine did you hit this week?

Whatever your stage, and however you’re doing, it’s enough, and you’re not alone.

There’s a lot about zoom and other video conferencing software that has been so connective, and important during this time. Like one of my friends said recently, imagine if we were sheltering-in-place 10 or 20 years ago. We’d be trying to make do with a flip phone and dial up internet.

At the same time, it’s not the same as in person connection, and even though there’s a lot about Sunday services that I am loving, I miss the singing together, and the in-the-moment reaction together, the feeling connected in a shared experience, in real time. Zoom keeps us from missing each other, but it doesn’t save us from the grief of all we’re missing.

I’ve been thinking this week about this idea of saving, what can save us….or to use the more traditional religious term, salvation. Salvation is from the word salve, as in heal. What are the things that can save, or heal us in this moment of life, in whatever stage of quarantine we’re in, whatever stage of grief, or gratitude?

This question is one of the main things that led us to shifting our plans for this coming Sunday. Originally we’d planned to launch a new series, but we decided that this Sunday, we needed something else. A kind of break that would feel healing in a different way than our Sundays have felt so far since moving online.

So this Sunday, our intention is for us to get together and laugh. Share in silliness and surprise. And also reflect on why humor matters, especially in times like ours.

As journalist Jacob August Riis put it, “humor is the saving sense.”

So join us this Sunday at 9 MT on Zoom, or 11 MT on Facebook or our website – all the info is at foothillsuu.org/livestream. Let’s be saved together!

With love,
Rev. Gretchen