Taking Heart: We are all in this together.
Yesterday I gave one of my brothers a stern talking to. I asked him if he was isolating and when he hesitated, I knew he wasn’t. He was surprised when I told him he was the most vulnerable person in our family. He had open heart surgery last year after which he was seriously ill for 6 weeks with a reaction to the drugs. All in all, I think he cheated death at least twice. And he still has health problems. So why hasn’t he thought this though? I think because of the grandchildren. They are the joy of his life. His love of them made this a problem too hard.
I could only afford to ‘smack him round the head’ because I had a practical solution. I told him about a woman here in Yeppoon who is continuing to have play dates with her great grandchildren. They play on the lawn. She watches and encourages them from the front door. It works.
Many of us are coming up with bright and creative ways of dealing with the present crisis and we need to share these ideas far and idea. Put them on your Instagram page, put them on the school’s Facebook page, put them on Snapchat. Sharing will give you heart in midst of the stress we all share. This is the time when can best experience our world’s interconnectedness. No, not by watching Netflix but by caring for and sharing with each other the good things that work in our lives. Created in the image and likeness of God, we are meant to live in community. The irony is that as we are encouraged to isolate, we will discover how much we need each other. Take heart, be imaginative, share, share and more share.
Loving God, as we isolate, we are discovering how much we need each other. Send us your wise Spirit to give us creative and loving ways of supporting each other. May we share our wisdom with each other. We ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear us.
Sr Kym Harris osb