Archive for March 14th, 2020

14
Mar
20

3.14.20 … “And when your body has become still, reach out with your heart. Know that we are connected in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.”

“Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking, 2020 Lenten Labyrinth Walks (19/40), Sardis Baptist Church-Charlotte NC:

I was running errands on this Saturday afternoon. And then it dawned on me that I was driving by Sardis Baptist and their labyrinth. So I made a U-turn and came back.

I’ve been listening to BBC news on the radio and everything is about the coronavirus pandemic and it’s spread all over the world. There are some real serious spots: places like Gaza where they do not have adequate medical facilities for the 2 million people that are packed in a very small area. I have thought how lucky we are to be able to spread out a little bit. As I walked, I read the poem that I had seen the other day by Lynn Ungar on the pandemic, and I thought it interesting to compare it to the Jewish Sabbath, a time where we can shut down everything, a new experience for most of us who have grown up in the 20th and 21st centuries. It’s an opportunity to be still …

Here’s the poem:

Pandemic

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

–Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

Reach out with your heart …

3.14.20




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