April 30th, 2020
“I meant to do my work today
But a brown bird sang in an apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field
And all the leaves were calling me.”
This Sunday seven weeks will have passed since we last gathered
in person in our church. Seven weeks of self-isolation in our homes,
and physical distancing when outside. We are fortunate in many
ways – we can connect by telephone, and for those who have the
appropriate technology, we can participate in online worship
services and virtual meetings with family or friends. We have good
community services and wonderful neighbours, sufficient food and
Nevertheless, the effects of this global pandemic are emotionally
and physically exhausting for many of us. We hear bad news, we
feel helpless, and feel we must somehow try harder to make things
better. Our sleep may be disturbed, and we wonder if this will ever
Maybe we are trying too hard, and in danger of slipping into despair.
I love the simple message in the little poem quoted above. God
speaks to us through nature, inviting us to slow down, take time out
from our striving and worrying, and notice all the signs of spring.
All creatures great and small have something to teach us – like
birds overcoming unimaginable hardships to survive the winter and
now building nests to nurture a new generation.
Trees and flowers and butterflies all gift us with a reminder that life
goes on in beautiful and mysterious ways. Our sense of hope is
renewed as we see the transformation of the earth in spring. It is
just as God intends. Yes, there are huge challenges for us as a
human family, but with faith we will find the best ways to face them
together, in a spirit of harmony and hope. Consider the lilies of the
God bless you dear friends,
Rev. Joyce Fergus-Moore
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