When the cat wants to play

I decided to record the hymns for our Wednesday Hymn Sing earlier today. What I hadn’t anticipated was the unknown response of one of our cats. I’m not sure which one it was, they’re identical, but she started to meow and then popped up on the bench and started to walk on the keyboard. I easily brushed her away and I don’t think I missed a beat. I believe now that she was chasing a fly. That is her new pass-time.

Why am I writing about this? Life is ever changing and often time challenging. Each time you think you have something figured out they (who-ever they are) change the rules. A cat involves herself without provocation. Our tele-seminar decides to freeze up during bible study. The weather acts like early April and not May.

Whatever is happening in our lives we stand tall and move forward. The movement might be a crawl but still, forward. Times like these call for calm action and sometimes for inaction. We can choose to say kind words to the lap-top that’s not working or a gentle touch towards a pet that is annoying. We can choose to get out of bed, thankful for another day. We can choose to be the very best the Divine has called us to be.

Notes sung off-key and technology blimps do not stop us. The virus does not stop us. We know that, “We are not alone. We live in God’s world.” From this knowledge we can remain strong, loving, and kind.

Blessings on your day.

Barbara

Hymn Sing: Wednesday, May 6th, 2020

Perhaps it’s time

Time for what? For me to share about finance. Stay with me and I’ll walk you through my thought process, sadness, and beyond.

I keep reading about the difficulty in congregations with regards to giving while we shelter in place. I hear of staff layoffs and the negatives and questioning what ifs. I find it difficult some days to not be drawn in to these conversations. Not that I would stick my head in the sand and ignore the situation but rather to guard my heart and mind against the bows and arrows that are flying around.

Here are my thoughts looking ahead:

1. Yes we’ll worship together again

2. Yes this time is difficult and stressful

3. Yes we may feel isolated, lonely, and fearful

BUT

We are told to “be not afraid”.

Easier said than done but possible.

Long term ideas include more:

Uploaded services for those at home.

More times of blessings and gratitude.

Special gift baskets for those who are lonely and suffering.

Let’s look beyond the immediate needs of the building. Those needs can and will be met. Let’s look to our local giving of food and support for those we share with at Christmas.

Perhaps we “Need a little Christmas” right now?!

In what ways can we envision this? (Without the snow)

Let’s turn our hearts to sharing our blessing today..