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It’s Holy Week 2020. Church buildings are closed. The greater portion of the outside world has hit the pause button. Most of our lives have been placed on hold. At the very least our world appears to be dramatically different. School buildings are closed. Places of employment have halted their work, or changed it in some way. Shut-ins are really alone. The hurriedness of modern life has slowed -- almost to a halt.

“Be still and know that I am God.” This quote, found in Psalm 46:10, is recited by Christians routinely. We become impatient when the train blocks the road, the bank teller is 3 customers away, or Pastor has someone ahead of us in his office. We live in a digital age where we are accustomed to things being available at the touch of a button. We are used to answers, popping up on our phones, with a simple: “Hey, Siri…” or “Alexa…”.

Now, we are faced with unanswered questions. Now, we know (at least to some degree) how it feels to have scarcity and / or unmet needs. But, why? Our author and finisher, who knows the end before it all began, our Creator knows that answer.  In the meantime, it is up to us, as a community of faith to do what we can, what we do best, intercede for those who continue to work. Those workers whose value has floated to the top and now everyone acknowledges what has always been true: they are essential workers. Let’s pray with intention for all those in harm’s way,

This Holy Week transcends commercialism and accentuates our personal faith. Let us remember that each home is a temple, evey head of household is the priest of their home and WE, not the bricks and mortar, are the church.

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