• A Meditation in the Midst of COVID-19

    Sabbatical

    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
    again.

    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
    dismissed
    forgotten.

    Maybe we have been
    shallow-breathing
    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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