As we learn how to adjust our lives given the reality of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the request to do our part to slow its spread by practicing social distancing, we invite you to join Presiding Bishop Michael Curry each week to take a moment to cultivate a ‘habit of grace.’ A new meditation will be posted each Monday through May.
Habits of Grace: Our Time is in God’s Hands (Week of May 11)
I don't know about you, but one of the things that has been a bit confusing during this pandemic has been sort of a discombobulation or a confusion about what time it is and what day it is. I found myself on more than one occasion just asking someone, "What day is today?" There's a Psalm in the Hebrew scriptures, Psalm 31. It's actually quoted in the service of Compline, which is a late night prayer service, and it's also quoted by Jesus on the cross.
Habits of Grace: Look for the Helpers (Week of May 4)
This past week, for some reason I thought of Mr. Rogers, who once said that his mother told him when he was a little boy and he asked her about scary things in the news and about difficult and painful things in the news. And his mother gave him some simple advice of how to handle that. She said to him, "Always look for the helpers." I have a sneaking suspicion that signs of God's continued watchful care, signs of hope, are in the helpers.
This past April 27, was the 100th birthday of one of those helpers.
Habits of Grace: Meeting Jesus (Week of April 28)
There's an interesting pattern in some of the stories of the resurrection. In Luke 24, for example, some of the followers of Jesus are traveling from Jerusalem itself to the small village of Emmaus a few miles down the road. A stranger comes up to them, walks with them and carries on a conversation with them and all along, the stranger was Jesus raised from the dead. They didn't recognize him. They didn't see that it was Jesus until, as the Bible says, their eyes were open as if they turned and actually saw him in the breaking of the bread and saw him alive.
Habits of Grace: God Hears Our Prayers (Week of April 20)
Prayer matters. It's not magic, but it makes a difference. There's a prayer in the prayer book that I thought you might like. It's a prayer for in times of sickness, for use by the sick person, but maybe it's a prayer that can apply to us all.
Habits of Grace: All Belong in this Family of God (Week of April 13)
It looks like the storm has passed over and the sun has come out, at least for a little bit. It is the day after, if you will. Monday in Easter week, Jesus has been raised from the dead. The miracle has happened. Hallelujah, Christ is risen.
Habits of Grace: His Eye is on the Sparrow (Week of April 6)
I've often asked myself the question, who's the family? Who's the family we are asking God to behold? Is it the family of faith? Those who have been baptized and accepted and follow Jesus as savior and Lord? I think that's true. But is it bigger than that?
Episcopalian Crisis Response
This makes me proud to be Episcopalian. This is what a Christlike response to Covid-19 sounds like.