My heart is heavy today. I am feeling the weight of a month of being homebound and not seeing my community. I am sad that we had to go pick up palms and pussy willows for Palm Sunday from outside the church instead of being there for the blessing and celebrating with everyone together.
While there is much we can do to move sadness, sometimes the best thing for a heavy heart, is to feel. Sometimes we just need to be sad, and let ourselves mourn. Grieve. Let ourselves move past our feelings, by moving through the center of them. This is a good moment to pray from this place of deep feeling, and let God heal us.
If you are sad too, let yourself be sad for a time. Let yourself sit and feel sadness, "without moving to hide it or fade it or fix it" (the last line is from one of my favorite poems The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer). It captures so well how sometimes we just need to be where we are. So if like me, you're sad today, let's just sit for one minute and breath. If you're feeling something else, let yourself feel that too.
(Pause to breathe for 1 minute)
I hope that pause was healing for you. To help us move through our difficult feelings I want to share a reading from the Psalm Sunday service yesterday:
Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Philippians,
Brethren: Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, ‘Rejoice!’ Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Fret not about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things which ye have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.
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Source. God is love and the source of all that is good. The bounty and the beauty of nature, the light in our souls, and the beginnings of dreams all flow from this goodness.