One of the most unnatural acts as a human is to breathe under water. I spent the last week doing just that! Prior to the “15-Days to Slow the Spread” mandate, our family headed to Cozumel for a week of sun, relaxation and scuba diving.
In times such as these, it is good to pray. I know, “Thanks Pastor Obvious.” I am not, however, talking about the kind of prayer most often practiced. The kind of prayer I’m leaning on these days is contemplative prayer. The kind of prayer where I shut up and let all the emotional waste and distracting thoughts fade and center in silence. I do this with regularity, but not enough. I also am sure I’m not very good at it. Yet, I will testify, it helps… a lot.
What does it really mean to be a servant of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the age of coronavirus? How can we, as Christians, continue to let our light shine when darkness threatens to overcome it at every turn?
The storm is raging. Each day the national news begins with breaking headlines about the corona virus: the number of new diagnoses, how many states are affected, the current number of deaths. We feel fragile, at risk, fearful.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church A congregation of the Southeastern Iowa Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) 517 SW Des Moines St. Ankeny, IA 50023 Phone: 515-964-4348 FAX: 515-963-0830