Well, the Atlantic Bubble comes into effect tomorrow, so at 7am we will cross the border into New Brunswick and three hours later we should be holding our grandchildren!!! Am I excited?
Perhaps just a little.
The five hours between us never seemed so far as it has these last three months. As I think about this I am reminded of how important our connections are to one another. As human beings we are meant to be in community and to share the journey.
In the second story of creation this is highlighted.
The first person was created and placed into the garden alone. There were plants and animals and trees and birds but still there was something missing and Creator knew that this lone person needed a companion in order to be complete and it was so. The two then began a journey together that brought with it many twists and turns, ups and downs, but together they navigated the terrain and built a home and a life.
Throughout the sacred story this is named over and over again.
When Jesus began his ministry he knew he could not go it alone and gathered around him community.
The disciples, as they continued his ministry did the same, always drawing from the well of wisdom, care and support that comes when two or three are gathered.
And so it is for us. As Paul reminds us we are all part of the same body and it is only when we work together that the picture is complete. We are connected and dependent upon one another.
I believe that this is one of greatest lessons we have learned in this period of strangeness. Over and over again I have heard people saying that the thing they miss most is that face to face connection with family, friends and community. Meeting through technological means helped a little but it grew wearisome pretty fast as people craved human contact. We understand now, perhaps better than ever before, that we need one another as we navigate through the world in which we live. As restrictions are being lightened this is something that we need to remember. Our actions will affect another and so it is important that we continue to physically distance and wear masks so that we can be together.
I leave you today with these words of wisdom from Kahlil Gibran;
“No human relation gives one possession in another—every two souls are absolutely different. In friendship or in love, the two side by side raise hands together to find what one cannot reach alone.”
May it be so
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