Four words: It’s not time yet

Four words: It’s not time yet

Four words: It’s not time yet.

It’s not time yet:

+ to return to indoor worship

+ to stop wearing masks

+ to forget physical distancing

+ to ignore science

+ to gather in large groups for Thanksgiving

+ to deny the exponential growth of cases of COVID-19 being diagnosed every day in this country and around the world

Four more words: I know you’re tired.

I know you’re tired:

+ of not being able to be with family and friends

+ of not being able to worship together in the sanctuary and sing

+ of not being able to travel

+ of not being able to leave your home

+ of not being able to hold your grandchildren/children/loved ones

+ of hearing admonitions like this from health professionals and bishops

Four last words: God is in control (Psalm 23).

God is in control:

+ even (and especially) in this time of pandemic (Psalm 91)

+ despite what some see as evidence to the contrary (Psalm 46)

+ through the work of health care workers, clinicians, and epidemiologists (Sirach 38)

+ in the presence of courageous essential workers (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)

+ as we help God’s reign come near in seeking the well-being of the most vulnerable among us (Matthew 25:31-46)

+ because nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:31-39)

Blessings and Peace in this season of Thanksgiving,
Bp. Mark