March 24, 2020

Well, it has been a whole week of blogging, and I a happy to connect this way, to keep you updated, but mostly to share thoughts and inspiration. I am not afraid, but I am concerned. I am concerned about the well-being of others, especially their spiritual and emotional health. So I hope and pray this little space on-line is a place of hope and comfort. If there is anything you feel you would like to see here, please let me know in the comments and I will see what I can do.

No doubt you have a lot of questions about COVID-19 itself. If you did not watch CTV’s Special Question Period with Lisa Laflamme and Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, I would recommend that you watch it now on-line if you are able to. It answered so many questions I had. It was also reassuring to know what to do, what needed to be sanitized and what was probably o.k. The entire show, as well as the transcript are on line: CTV News: Lisa Laflamme and Dr. Abdu Sharkaway. I am extremely grateful for this special program because it answered a lot of questions I had.

Groceries. I like to get my groceries by ordering them on-line and then going to pick the up at a booked time (usually a few hours from the time I order them, or the next morning). During this time, with people wanting to keep their physical distance, I ordered my groceries last Saturday morning to find the next pick up time was today, Tuesday, at 1 pm. Hopefully, Fortino’s will prepare for more express pickups in the future. You can also get your groceries delivered from most supermarkets. Metro has online shopping as well as delivery (though there are website delays during heavy volume), and so does Walmart.

Check with your favourite store to see what is available and what the wait times are. I know that I will be starting my grocery list with Fortinos about 4 days in advance of pickup time. Once started, you can usually add to it until midnight the day before pickup.

Enough of questions about the virus and getting groceries. We are all adjusting, and humans are good at that (though we like to think we are not). Humans seem to be able to adapt to most crises and I believe it is because we are communal creatures. The majority of us will find a way to help one another, even when we are separated for one another. And if we can’t see or talk to others, then we will pray. The connection is maintained because the love is maintained.

If I was going to recommend a reading for today it would be this one: 1 Corinthians 13. (I will post the reading copied from biblegateway.com at the end of this blog). The chapter finishes with these word:  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. Faith, hope and love: these are the things that will carry us through this time of uncertainty. Faith to calm our fears, hope to give us courage to act, and love to comfort and move us to care for one another.

My prayer for today is that you find something to bring your joy, you feel the presence of an abiding love to bring you comfort, you look forward to the days to come with hope, and that you find the courage to return the love which has been given to you. Remember, all of you, that you are children of God. You are beloved.

1 Corinthians 13 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

The Gift of Love

13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part, and we prophesy only in part; 10 but when the complete comes, the partial will come to an end. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly,[b] but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.

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