A Meditation in the Midst of COVID-19


Maybe we all needed
to slow down
to press pause
to notice
to find ourselves
to find faith
to be home and at home
to rest
and to wake up

Maybe we needed this to remind us
of stillness
of solitude
of silence
of sabbath.

We are a forgetful people.

Maybe one day a week
has not been received
has not been observed
has not felt like enough.

Maybe sabbath’s holy work
has been neglected

Maybe we have been
for much too long
and depth is overdue.

Maybe it isn’t really that surprising that
respiratory virus
has brought our lives
to a halt
for a season.

Maybe it is for a rest-orative purpose.

And so,
now that we have to
we realize that we get to
and we inhale
and we exhale.

And we are reminded that
our doing doesn’t define us
that we are human beings.

And though we are pressed
and grieving
and isolated
and burdened
and weary
we are not alone.

Maybe God has always been there
and we needed to stop
long enough to draw near.

Maybe now we ponder
that our life is but a vapour
that His breath sustains us
that He fills us
that He is already as near
as the air we breathe.

Did you forget?

We can remember together.

One breath at a time
through this sabbatical.

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What does it mean to truly be at home and at rest? To what extent do you experience that feeling?
  2. In what ways do you find yourself waking up or remembering during this time of slowing down?
  3. What role might sabbath-keeping (or this extended sabbath) play in the restoration of your soul?
  4. What feelings are emerging as you experience a prolonged break in your regular routine? How are you processing them and making sense of them?
  5. How might the spiritual imagery and the physical reality of full and deep breathing anchor you to the presence of God?

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