From Deacon Tom …


Wow was that really Easter! It must be because everyone is saying;  He is Risen! If you are like me and our Bishop Primate/Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, It didn’t look like Easter, It didn’t feel like Easter, and it didn’t smell like Easter. I hope you got the chance to experience virtual church this past Sunday. I attended the Washington National Cathedral with several thousand of my closest friends. Bishop Curry delivered the sermon.

For a written version of Bishop Curry’s sermon go here.

There was also a wonderful virtual chorus of Hymn # 208 “The strife is o’er”  from our hymnal that resulted from over 800 submissions and was put together for our pleasure in this time of isolation. I must say that our technology and our ability to use it for our benefit continues to amaze me.

I pray that we are all staying well and longing for a time that is different than it is now.  That is not so quarantined and isolated from each other, and a time when we can all be together in the same building. I am daily reminded of the struggles that we are all enduring as this virus continues to kill and sicken so many across our country. God give us all the strength to weather this storm.

If there is an upside to all of this it would be that many who have not sought solace in the Lord are now doing so. Prayers and prayer groups have increased. My morning prayer group on the Daily Office website has doubled and  I thank God daily for all that I have received in this life and for the life yet to come.  

It’s easy to feel alone at this time and like we are the only one’s struggling and trying to survive in a world that is not what it used to be. While the phrase “We are all in this together” has already been over used by everyone who is usually trying to sell us something. I remind us all that as Christians we are not alone in our struggles and at this time of celebrating Jesus resurrection we need to remember his ascension to the Father and that it was for our benefit and that he has gone to prepare a place for us and one day he will bring us to himself and we will all be with him in paradise.

God Bless us everyone.
Deacon Tom

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