Bound By Faith

Bound By Faith

As we inch into the seventh month mark of the pandemic shutdown, I have been pondering how I might illustrate this time to someone in thirty or forty years. I read an article recently by Dr. Aisha Ahmad in which she shared how the sixth month mark in any sustained crisis is always difficult. Well, you can say that again Professor Ahmad! Nonetheless, we must power through because this is not the end of the story. Perhaps the story will be how the world relearned how to do grocery shopping, host meetings virtually, worship using social media and various other platforms, and even teach classes online for students from kindergarten to graduate level work. Oh, the stories about hoarding are sure to creep into the mix but surely the stories about strangers and neighbors helping one another with much needed supplies to care for their families who were all homebound will prevail.

Stories are so important to each and every person. They tell us where we came from, what our families believed in, how our families came to be where they are today, and they also help create traditions. As we have each had to pivot in one way or another, let us be reminded that this time of everchanging, complicated and emotionally challenging time is all part of the story. The story of not only our individual lives but also of our communities, our nation, and our world. Let us be reminded that our faith and our steadfast commitment to constantly learning and growing as individuals and as a community shall prevail. As a community of faith, may we lean into one another. May our faith be part of the story of this time in our lives and in history.

As we march forward through the last ninety days of 2020, what will your story tell about your journey through this historical time? What stories and traditions might you carry into the new year and into the new way in which we must live? Let us pivot and be intentional in our faith and in the stories that we create about our journeys. Blessings, Pastor Heidi

Bound By Faith

A Message From Our Executive Pastor

As I sit down to write this month’s article, I am at a loss. My mind is all over the place. Maybe I should write about this. Or maybe I should write about this other thing. Maybe I should write nothing at all because it all seems so inconsequential compared to all that is happening around the world. And then, I began to hum that familiar church tune, Blest Be the Tie that Binds, and my spirit is lifted. Lifted because it reminds me of so many wonderful times gathered with friends, fellow church folk, and youth mission trips when we would gather ‘round in a circle, hold hands and share in song and praise. None of these things can we do at this moment, yet the words to this song seem to say it best:

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love:

the fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

When we are called to part, it gives us inward pain;

but we shall still be joined in heart, and hope to meet again.

            Music truly is therapy for the mind, body, and spirit. Music transports us to another time or place and reminds us of loved ones, or special moments and times in our lives. Perhaps there is a special song that you sang at camp as a kid, maybe there is a song that reminds you of a departed one, perhaps a song for your first dance or at your child’s wedding. Music really can take us back to a particular time and place in which we can relive all the senses of that moment. Not all songs are serious or sorrowful, some are filled with laughter and make us chuckle as we recall the moment. May you fill your mind, body and spirit with song to bring you love, laughter and hope.

God Be with You Till We Meet Again,

Pastor Heidi

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