Reflection: Jan 14, 2021

Juliane Poirier Reflections

Come gather ’round, people wherever you roam, and admit that the waters around you have grown, and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone if your time to you is worth saving, and you better start swimming or you’ll sink like a stone, for the times they are a-changin.” Bob Dylan

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion.” Abraham Lincoln 

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” Jesus

I have a really cute picture of my children on a family brunch cruise on the San Francisco Bay. They were very young, and when the boat started rocking David widened his stance and extended his arms to keep from toppling over, and at the same time Mimi reached out her hand to him. I remember that no words passed between them; it was just his sister’s hand to hold that changed the situation for a wobbly two-year-old.

In these extraordinarily prolonged, difficult, and worrisome days of COVID19, and anticipation of the presidential inauguration, everyone needs a hand to hold. We need to know that when the boat starts rocking, and we’re in danger of losing our balance, someone is there for us.

Jannie Amoroso leads our Ministry of Visitation Team, and their mission is to contact and connect with our entire congregation by phone. In essence they’re letting us know that we’re not alone, that someone is here for us, holding out a hand when we need it.

When we join a congregation we take vows to support it/each other with our prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness. Essentially this makes all of us part of the Ministry of Visitation Team, all of us committed to connect, and care, and pray for each other. We are a little more than eight weeks away from a full year of not being present together at church, but we’re still together as the church.

During the rest of this so-far-pretty-wobbly month, will you be an unofficial member of the MVT (Ministry of Visitation Team) and reach out to someone in our congregation? Send a card, an email, text, or make a call… and tell them, “I’m here if you need a hand to hold.”

In faith, Marylee

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