Friday, April 3, 2020

A Little "Wink" by Bob Cherry

The learning curve of life in 2020 is steep.  Who could have thought that our beaches would close?  Gone is the distraction of sports (#cold-turkey).  We are living in a world where the demands of social distancing are developing into an emotional recession.  One particular message someone sent me needs to be shared with our CH family.  Enjoy/Embrace... 

“Corona is exposing us.
Exposing our weak sides.
Exposing our dark sides.
Exposing what normally lays far beneath the surface of our souls, hidden by the invisible masks we wear. 

Now exposed by the paper masks, we can't hide far enough behind.  Corona is exposing our addiction to comfort.
Our obsession with control.
Our compulsion to hoard. 
Our protection of self.

Corona is peeling back our layers.  Tearing down our walls.
Revealing our illusions.
Leveling our best-laid plans.

Corona is exposing the gods we worship: Our health
Our hurry
Our sense of security.
Our favorite lies
Our secret lusts
Our misplaced trust.

Corona is calling everything into question: What is the church without a building? What is my worth without an income? How do we plan without certainty?
How do we love despite risk?

Corona is exposing me.
My mindless numbing
My endless scrolling
My careless words
My fragile nerves.
We’ve all been exposed.
Our junk laid bare.
Our fears made known. 
The band-aid torn.
The masquerade done.

So what now? What’s left?
Clean hands
Clear eyes
Tender hearts.  What Corona reveals, God can heal.   Come, Lord Jesus.
Have mercy on us." 
- Sarah Bourns 

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