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Some days ARE very hard.  Recently the hard days seem to come closer together, not allowing for us to recover or process their meaning.  It’s times like this when our loving connectedness is important.

This week many of us are ‘doing church’ online, meeting with Bible Study groups, youth and Sunday School classes, and even church music and dance rehearsals are happening through the magic of ZOOM.  I have watched with delight as our young people have stepped up to lead us into their digital electronic world.  And they have done it with respect and skill.

It’s hard for some of us to catch up and learn the skills and language, and it’s hard not to see our friends and receive hugs and greetings.  But what is really hard is the life of isolation some of our neighbors are experiencing who cannot join the online community.  Let’s all think of someone who doesn’t have the ability or devices to be a part of this new experience, and then engage them in the old fashioned way, with a phone call or a note.

And please offer to pray, by name, for those you connect with.  Going for periods of time without hearing your name, which doesn’t happen often in the virtual face-to-face world, can be depressing.  We all need to be reminded that God knows our names, and calls out to us in love and encouragement.  We should do no less for each other.

Hopefully, this video of Rev. Beth Richardson reading the blessing, “Some Days Are Very Hard,” will comfort you:  https://youtu.be/FRqUT-upyLE

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Author: Phyllis Murray

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