FR. DAVID’S BLOG OF 3/22/2020 — Earlier this week Governor Carney announced his guidelines as to the procedures places of worship will have to follow in order to provide in person worship. The bottom line is that the governor strongly encourages houses of worship to continue on-line worship for the foreseeable future. If you would like to read more about the governor’s recommendations you may visit https://news.delaware.gov/2020/05/18/governor-carney-issues-guidance-for-churches-houses-of-worship/.
This news is disappointing to all of us, but it is paramount that all of us stay safe and healthy at this time. The vestry, staff, and I will of course continue to monitor this and will communicate more to you as we digest and reflect on these reopening recommendations from the governor.
So, what do we do in the meantime to stay connected to one another and to stay healthy and safe? I wanted to share with you some ideas that you might find helpful or not. They come from my own experience the last three months.
The first thing is to take care of yourself physically, emotionally and spiritually. There are many ways to do this. If you can get out and take a walk or work outside in the yard if you are physically able. This might be a given, but make sure you eat well and get enough sleep every night. This time has been emotional for all of us and we might not know how to cope with hard feelings. Take time each day or at least find regular times throughout the week to engage in a time of meditation and prayer. If you would like some resources to help you with this, please email me and I would be happy to set up a video session or a phone call to talk with you. I am also available to “meet” with anyone for spiritual direction.
The second suggestion is that, if you are working from home, make sure you take sabbath time during the week. I know from personal experience the last several months that it is very easy to work on my day off. As a result, I tend to work every day. If you can, make a commitment to turn off all devices (including the television) for a period of time each day.
The third and final suggestion is be kind to yourself and to others. I know that I have made many mistakes the last three months and I have been self-critical as a result. Recently, however, I have begun to be less critical and more forgiving. I have found a great deal of comfort in the Rule of Benedict and the importance of seeing myself as a student. We have all learned much the last three months and we will continue to learn about what church and what the new normal will look like moving forward.
So, my friends, I miss you. Be assured that Emily and I are well and healthy, and you are in our prayers. Be kind and love those close to you.
Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty
God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.
Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.
Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.
-Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765