Back when COVID started, we thought for sure, by the fall, we’d be re-opening our church. Just like when we were getting-by in online school last spring – we could “get by” because we’d be re-opening by fall. But here we are, and we’re not sure if or how or when we can re-open any of these “normal” gatherings safely.
There’s so much uncertainty and anxiety it can feel like we can’t make any decisions about anything – like life is just on hold. Everything we thought would be one way, is something else, and a lot of our usual coping tools are cut off. So, how do we keep our hearts open in this time when it feels like we’d be better off shutting off and shutting down?
And that’s not just about the pandemic. It’s also just life all the time – shifts in relationships, health, jobs, safety – the shifts that even when they lead to happy new beginnings still come with a lot of loss that can be really destabilizing and disorienting. How do we keep growing and learn to love life – even when it feels like life isn’t doing such a good job of loving you back?
Our series kicking off on August 23rd explores this question and offers guidelines for re-opening your heart. Together we’ll name and release all that is ending or has ended. We will cultivate patience with all that is unknown. And prepare ourselves for what’s yet to emerge.
In the midst of all that’s changing around us, we need to equally tend to the shifts happening within us. So that we can feel the presence of courageous love that is here, and respond even now to its call.
We’ve taken a break from our theme song practice – where we choose a song for each series that we sing or perform in every Sunday in the series – but we’re excited to return to this idea for this series. We’ve chosen one of our hymns – #146, Soon the Day Will Arrive – as produced by the artist ThisisLEA. It’s a song acknowledges the waiting we are doing together, and connects us in with our longing for the world that is emerging.