Rev. Dr. Chuck Moffett
The rush is on:
Open the stores, bars, restaurants, beaches! Get rid of these pesky masks! Forget this 6-foot physical distancing! Let my family and friends come see me! LET ME OUT OF HERE!
The rush is on to get back to what WE remember as ‘normal” –
back to when I was in control of my life to do what I wanted, when I wanted – back to when I could shut myself off from anyone who was not like me – back to when I did not have to be concerned about the problems of others.
The rush is on to find a vaccine so I can return to living in my protected bubble.
Maybe what we are learning is that there needs to be a “new rush”…the rush to find a vaccine to cure the pandemic of fear and hatred which allows systems of oppression and power and bigotry to go unchecked.
The best “cure” is not to be in a RUSH, but rather to be caught up in a meditation offered by BV resident, June Carol Hines: “Hush, wait, be still, you need not be afraid.” Those are the words of Jesus, who overcame the world, and will come again. Our physical world has been shut down, yet now,can you hear birds singing in the early morn? Can you see a rose bud blossom slowly? Can you listen to another person speak of their sorrow? Can you touch the inner being with God’s grace through a prayer of healing? Can you encourage a young child, or a less- than- young child (senior citizen) that the restill is HOPE for our country and this world which God created? Then be still, hush, wait…the peace WILL come. Dear Creator of all, help me to not be in a hurry, but to wait for your lead. Amen”