“To live in this world
you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it
against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.”
On Monday the death toll from COVID-19 topped 500,000–just in the United States alone. We’re told that the number equals the populations of Kansas City, Missouri, more than Miami, Florida, Raleigh, North Carolina, or Omaha, Nebraska. I’ve read that the true numbers are likely much higher, because many of the cases were overlooked, especially early on in the pandemic.
Psychologist Paul Slovic observes the ‘psychic numbing’ of the coronavirus, the phenomenon that affects us as indifference when so much calamity overwhelms. He names the false sense of inefficacy that can lead us to think our efforts are so small as to not matter.
But we know the story of the starfish, where one girl realized that although hundreds of starfish had washed up on the beach, for each one she threw back, it made a difference.
Many of us know someone who experienced personal loss during this time. Reaching out to that person can make a difference. Acknowledging this time of loss will remind us that lives matter, that we matter.
Remember I told you I’d make some hymnals available for purchase? I finally have received them and would love to make them easily available for you to purchase to keep at home and mark up to your heart’s content. Email me and you can drop by my house to get your copy ($35).
Folx who were part of the Adult Faith Formation class, Hindsight, Humor and Hope have prepared a delightful service, focusing on the process of aging. You won’t want to miss it. Log on through the home page.
Always in the Love,
The Rev. Katie Kandarian-Morris