Kate Bowler, author & professor of Divinity at Duke University, wrote this blessing for when the unthinkable happens. Seeing as we are still living in a world that seemed unthinkable even a year ago, I thought I would share it with you. Bowler says”God, I am blindsided, what I thought was impossible has shaken me to the core. My God, help me to make sense of it somehow to know what to feel, what to do. God have mercy. Christ have mercy. Spirit have mercy. Blessed are we who ask and wait, and ask again. Blessed are we who let reality in though the body shudders. God, you are the home where truth is strong and beauty can live. We need a map to get there and a star to point the way. Along the way show us how to do a little good as naturally as if we were already at home, just coming downstairs. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me (John 10:27-28) God have mercy. Christ have mercy. Spirit have mercy. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying “this is the way, walk in it”. (Isaiah 30:21)
May this blessing offer you peace during these unthinkable times.
One Year Reading Plan
If you are following along, the reading this week comes from 1 Samuel 15:2-38, and it’s about Abigail.
Faith Based Ideas
Join our virtual Sunday school classes – we meet on Zoom on Sundays at 11:00, and Thursdays at 11:30. If you didn’t get an email from Lynne, but you’d like to participate, please let us know.
In grade 1 or under, want to come to Storytime on Sunday @ 12:00? Email Lynne for more info, or get the link in Peter’s email.
Camp Cairn is running a virtual camp that your kids can attend each day via Facebook or Instagram. All the details are on their website.
Looking to enjoy the sunshine that we are finally having? This is a fun way to make your own nature sun catchers.
Fort construction not up to snuff? Check out this fun guide from Ikea on some great fort building fun!
Got a question about weather? CBC Nova Scotia meteorologist Ryan Snoddon is answering kids questions and explaining the science of weather.
Remember that even in these unthinkable times, you are surrounded by a community that loves and cares for you, and is here to support you.