I write to you this month as we are in the midst of a global pandemic. We here in Manitoba are doing everything we can to flatten the curve, and it appears to be working to give those who do get sick the best access to health care. The response of this congregation, across the board from leadership teams to our individual members and friends, has been focused on keeping each other safe, staying connected to each other in isolation, and making sure we are still serving our larger community however we can despite the need for physical distancing. Not every congregation has responded with such love and strength, and I am heartened every day by all of you.
Sometimes, I use this space to share with you works that I have found powerful. This meditation by my colleague and dear friend, Rev. Theresa Soto, has become a regular touchstone for me in getting through each day. I hope it may offer you something as well.
In gratitude and faith,
“We Hold Hope Close” by Rev. Theresa Soto
In this community, we hold hope close. We don’t always know what comes next, but that cannot dissuade us. We don’t always know just what to do, but that will not mean that we are lost in the wilderness. We rely on the certainty beneath, the foundation of our values and ethics. We are the people who return to love like a North Star and to the truth that we are greater together than we are alone. Our hope does not live in some glimmer of an indistinct future. Rather, we know the way to the world of which we dream, and by covenant and the movement forward of one right action and the next, we know that one day we will arrive at home.