From Deacon George …

The New Normal?

There are some folks who can tell us how many days and weeks it has been since they have been sequestered at home. I am not able do that – perhaps I just don’t care to think about it -but from what I understand, this is just the beginning. Without diminishing the seriousness of this current crisis, and the need to respect best practices for the safety of ourselves and others, allow me a moment to share a bit of humor that comes from it –

My adult son and daughter both have dogs in their homes, as do Kathryn and I, and we have recently taken to communicating about our personal situations through dog images. 

My daughter started it off with this tongue-in-cheek message –

I responded that we also get excited about the mailman, and followed with a cartoon sent to us from our boarding service –

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And my son now follows with this, his to-do list for today –

Agenda for what feels like day 95 of Shelter in Place:

  1. Let the dogs out
  2. Let the dogs in
  3. Let the dogs out
  4. Let the dogs in
  5. Let the dogs out
  6. Let the dogs in
  7. Make dinner
  8. Let the dogs out
  9. Let the dogs in

Another action-packed day.

I hope your time is being spent more productively than as a doggie door opener. That said, it is wonderful to have the companionship of our pets, knowing that they especially enjoy this unlimited time with us. Personally, I am finding myself as busy as ever, but in a different sort of way, and I expect that perhaps you are too. When we come out of this, our houses will be cleaner, our closets neater, our yards better-groomed and our storage spaces still filled with bathroom tissue. 

But during this time, we are learning some incredible things about ourselves. 

  • We can worship alone yet together, as we connect with online streaming worship services from St. Mark’s and the National Cathedral.
  • We can pray contemplatively, as we engage online with the Wednesday sessions from the Episcopal House of Prayer.
  • We care deeply about each other, as we continue our church meetings and bible studies online via Zoom.
  • We need socialization, which we find on Sundays at noon when we join the ‘virtual coffee hour’ with our friends from St. John’s via Zoom. 
  • We can do technology, as we all learn how to use Zoom in the first place. Don’t give up!
  • And, when we have satisfied our communal needs online, we appreciate the simple things that have always been there, just waiting for us – books; music; cards and letters; phone calls (remember phone calls?) to old friends; a long walk in the neighborhood; a great big full moon; reading the Bible together.

Stay well, stay in touch, pray, and now more than ever…

Have a Blessed Week!
Deacon George

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