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As we all deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought you might benefit from a few things I have discovered:

1) an article with food for thought
2) a poem to pique your interest
3) a prayer

Article

” Totally Normal Things to Feel Right Now, According to Therapists” or read in Self at https://apple.news/AW5Az5U-ZQfi9DmYB_vWUhQ

There is no “right” way to handle this.

Poem

In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.
And they read books, and listened, and rested,
and exercised, and made art, and played games,
and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And they listened more deeply. Some meditated,
some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows. And the people began
to think differently.
And the people healed.
And, in the absence of people living in ignorant,
dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people
Joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices,
and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully,
as they had been healed.

–Kitty O’Meara

Prayer During Pandemic

Ever present God
Be with us in our isolation,
Be close to us in our distancing,
Be healing in our sickness,
Be joy in our sadness,
Be light in our darkness,
Be wisdom in our confusion,
Be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
That when the doors reopen
We may…inhabit our communities,
And speak of your goodness to an emerging world.

–Andrew Nunn, Southwark Cathedral

Stay well and strong! Call any time: (847) 977-1984.

Laura

The Rev. Laura Gottardi-Littell, M.Div.
Episcopal Priest | Chaplain and Director of Pastoral Care
lgottardi-littell@churchhomechicago.org
Learn more at www.churchhomechicago.org

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