from pastor Katrina Pekich-Bundy

We’re going into a third year of pandemic. Sometimes I like to reflect over the last few years – how we’ve grown, what we’ve learned, and how we have managed to make it through a quickly changing world this long. Sometimes I like to reflect on the ways the church and the world have pivoted quickly and navigated and changed at the drop of a positive covid test.

But right now I’m tired. Not like I haven’t slept or have had a long day tired, but weary of COVID and protocols and navigating a world that changes, but people don’t, or mandates don’t, or where we’re all just wondering what is next. I’m tired of the daily choices of whether we should mask or not, if we should gather in person, or not, if vaccines should be mandated or not.

I say this because I wonder if you’re tired, too. I wonder if you’re making daily decisions, or – even if you know the decision is you will vaccinate and mask – if you are tired of wearing a mask, or of others not masking, or some other pandemic related concern that just floats above our heads at all times.
If you’re tired, you’re not alone. I’ve heard from so many people – church members and leaders from across the country, teachers, students, loved ones, and friends – who are just tired of this pandemic. Wouldn’t it be great if we could wave a magic wand and make it disappear? Perhaps it gives deeper meaning to the psalmist crying out, “How long, O God?”

If you’re tired, I see you. If you feel you’ve found a rhythm in this new world, maybe you’re in a place where you can do some reflection and give appreciation for the ways in which we’ve made changes. Perhaps you’re in a different space that I haven’t identified here.

I think it’s helpful to remember that even though we are all in this pandemic together, we’re all absorbing and processing it differently – and that we must continue to be caring of ourselves and others, offering grace to ourselves and others.

In this pandemic that has threatened to take away breath, I have found that air is one of our most centering reminders of the Spirit. Taking in a deep breath, holding it, and releasing it for even five breaths can recenter us and remind us to take a step back, take Sabbath, and listen to God in challenging times. It doesn’t mean we always hear God, but that we remember God is with us.

I invite you now to focus on your breath – no matter where you are – maybe close your eyes. Just listen to your breath, focus on how it feels within your chest, the rest of your body. Remember that God’s breath hovers over us, and you are loved.

Rev. Katrina

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