CONNECTING THROUGH THE DISTANCE by Rector Chris Girata
CONNECTING THROUGH THE DISTANCE was published in the Katy Trail Weekly, "The Good Word" Column, March 27, 2020
Chris Girata is the Rector of Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Dallas, TX.
Instead of trying to make plans when plans are hard to make, perhaps we can try to become more comfortable with uncertainty. Faith calls us away from certainty and predictability and into a state of trust. We are called to trust in God, to trust in one another and to trust in the power of love. As for me, I’m going to stay in my lane, so to speak, and offer some thoughts about how to be faithful in an ever-changing world.
... perhaps we can try to become more comfortable with uncertainty.
First, I ask you to continue supporting our leaders. When you can, pass along notes of gratitude and kudos to the people in your life who are hustling to do whatever they can to support our community. We will likely never know the full extent of their efforts, but we can certainly keep them in good spirits by praising them whenever we can.
Second, take care of one another. So much work is being done on behalf of the most vulnerable in our community. Non-profits are struggling to keep up with demand, however, their good work is our work, too! Make phone calls, write notes, and have video chats with people you know need help. The needs in our community do not stop just because of the virus, and neither should our thoughtful, safe service. Little moments that safely connect us keep our own spirits up.
Third, check in with your neighbors. Far too many people feel disconnected and isolated from the world. Even when we are physically isolated, we do not have to be alone. Each of us are also surrounded by neighbors who need us. Please be aware of them, safely check in on them and remind them that help is not far away.
We are part of a beautiful world and we can contribute to its beauty.
Lastly, I invite you to rest in the peace of knowing that you are not in charge. There is more information at our fingertips than can be absorbed and it’s easy to drown. Instead, please take care of yourself. Every religion in the world makes sacred rest or sabbath a part of their tradition for a very important reason: we need a break from the trials of our world. When the pressure of the world seems to weigh you down, pause, take a deep breath, and rest in the truth that God’s love surrounds you on all sides. God’s presence can be healing, and we all need a little healing these days.
No matter what you hear, we will have a future beyond the pressures of today. I know it’s easy to be weighed down with details today, but I encourage you to lift your head up regularly and remember that tomorrow holds great hope. We are part of a beautiful world and we can contribute to its beauty. This week, take time to be grateful, take time to show love and take time to remember to hope for what tomorrow will bring.
"The Good Word" Column is published bi-weekly, and can be picked up at the Saint Michael South Entrance.
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