Thoughts come from interesting places. Who would have ever thought of “The Wizard of Oz?” There might be some comparison between what happened to Dorothy and what is happening to us today. Dorothy was lifted out of her place, spun around, disoriented, and then dropped smack in the middle of a new world. In this new world, nothing is the same as it had been before. There is beauty and there is danger. She meets friends (nothing mentioned about social distancing) who have the gifts of wisdom, compassion, and courage that she needs.
It is an interesting analogy for the modern church. If we talk about Trinity Episcopal Church, Our national church or the greater Christian church world-wide, coronavirus has done a similar thing to us. We have been in-place, confused about the facts, and are left to find a “new normal.” What we have done day after day in the past isn't going to work anymore. Church services may never be exactly the same; but, we need to remember that God is not the building. We must not feel God has left us and we must be sure, in these times of quarantine, that we don't leave God.
It seems as though at times we will just “muddle” along. What we need to look for are the opportunities to help each other, to be more appreciative of our friends and family, and pray that American scientific skills will find control and treatment of this virus. Every day, let us pray for the well-being of all those who are actively engaged in any way and work to control COVID 19. And, just as we will celebrate on Pentecost Sunday, let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.”
let us pray,
Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these are supplications and prayers, and show us the way of your servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among the changes of this mortal life, we may ever be defended by your gracious and ready help; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen