Pandemic Poem Transforms Thinking

This reflection, sent to us by Sister Judith Davies, OSF from the Diocese of Joliet, IL invites us to think of this time as sacred.

Sr. Judith Davies, OSF

Fear, anxiety, trepidation, dread. Even though we are women of faith, being constantly bombarded with news about the spread of corona virus can strike emotions in us. We wonder, who will be the next victim? Will that person survive? Am I going to catch the virus?

In Sunday’s Chicago Tribune, was reprinted a poem written by Lynn Unger. Ms. Unger asks us to look at what’s happening in today’s world with a different perspective. She suggests that we might think of how our Jewish brothers and sisters view the Sabbath with its many restrictions. We are invited to think of this time as sacred. We are called to sing, pray, and extend our hearts to one another. We are urged to reach out to each other with compassion. The poem reminds us that we are all connected, and, very importantly, that “our lives are in each other’s hands.”

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How true that a change in view can certainly make a world of difference! What could otherwise be extremely difficult is suddenly transformed. Instead of touching with our hands, we now touch with our hearts. Our connectivity with others has deepened even though we may not be physically present to them. Now more than ever before, we depend on each other to observe the steps for maintaining good health. We count on each person to be conscious of the fact that the actions of one, do have a bearing on everyone else.

In the depths of our hearts, we know and believe that our lives are in the hands of the Lord, no matter what happens. What else could bring us such strength? How else could we be filled with courage? The hand of the Shepherd is lovingly on us. For that reason, we are filled with peace. For that reason, we can be filled with joy.

Sister Judith Davies

Published in: on March 18, 2020 at 10:21 am  Leave a Comment  

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