19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I see that you are a prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you say that the place where people must worship is in Jerusalem.”
I don’t know what you did on Sunday morning, but I “attended” the Old South Church’s livestream broadcast. I chose it because it’s right up in Boston, and I knew I’d hear a word for our situation. In the midst of a lovely service, I heard the Rev. Nancy Taylor say, “who would have thought that this morning’s lesson would be about where it was possible to worship?” She reminded us that worship can take place wherever we are.
Nancy Taylor also reminded me that in the midst of life that is often marked by strain and stress, we can always give thanks for God’s unconditional love. So, take that thought with you today – you are loved. You are loved in the quiet of home. You are loved in the stress of difficult situations. You are loved even if you have a cough and a fever. You are loved, today, tomorrow, and forever.
Here’s a prayer for today, from the Church of England:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Blessings, Pastor Virginia