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Reflections

 

Dear Montgomery Place Community,

As we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought you might benefit from a few things I have discovered:

1) an article with food for thought
2) a poem to pique your interest
3) a prayer

Article

” Totally Normal Things to Feel Right Now, According to Therapists” or read in Self at https://apple.news/AW5Az5U-ZQfi9DmYB_vWUhQ

There is no “right” way to handle this.

Poem

In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.
And they read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art, and played games,
and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And they listened more deeply. Some meditated,
some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows. And the people began
to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant,
dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people
Joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.

–Kitty O’Meara

Prayer During Pandemic

Ever present God
Be with us in our isolation,
Be close to us in our distancing,
Be healing in our sickness,
Be joy in our sadness,
Be light in our darkness,
Be wisdom in our confusion,
Be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
That when the doors reopen
We may…inhabit our communities,
And speak of your goodness to an emerging world.

–Andrew Nunn, Southwark Cathedral

Stay well and strong! Call any time: (847) 977-1984.

Laura

The Rev. Laura Gottardi-Littell, M.Div.
Episcopal Priest | Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care
Office: 773-753-4118 | Cell: 847-977-1984
lgottardi-littell@churchhomechicago.org
5550 South Shore Drive | Chicago, IL 60637
Learn more at www.churchhomechicago.org

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Dear Montgomery Place residents, families and staff,

Here are two spiritual resources I’ve found reassuring and inspiring this week. The first is from Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church. You may remember him as the preacher at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

Please click here and take four minutes to watch and listen to Bishop Curry’s reflection.

And, Phyllis Booth kindly shared this  poem by Unitarian minister Lynn Ungar. It’s been going viral  (so to speak)!

Pandemic

What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath–
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You can hardly deny it now).
Know that our lives are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, this has come clear).
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

Others of you have sent me reflections that help you make sense of things or focus on what matters most. I appreciate that, and look forward to more of this mutual sharing.

In the meantime, take care of yourselves and those around you. Stay strong and well.  We’ll be in touch.

In peace,

Laura

Rev. Laura Gottardi-Littell
Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care
The Church Home at Montgomery Place