No man is an island…

Do you remember that line from John Donne? It’s something that has been buzzing around in my mind for a while now. The longer the pandemic goes on, the more I begin to glimpse how connected all of life is.

I can’t make it through this on my own. And thank God! I don’t have to.

I have friends and family who are with me on this journey (and am with them on their journey, as well). I am grateful that the rhetoric in Canada has been “we are all in this together, we are all Team Canada.” I am grateful that the idea of cooperation and helping each other has been a major part of our country’s response.

These two images from earlier on in the crisis came to my mind today:

The fact is: we need each other. We were made for relationship with God and with each other.

So today, I just want to thank you for the ways you have been here for me: phone calls and emails, encouraging comments, “likes” on Facebook, sharing a joke or some news that you think might interest me, the prayers that I know you’ve said for me – even though I haven’t heard them myself. Small kindnesses that aren’t small at all.

You, dear friends, are a blessing. Until tomorrow, remember that we are all connected. That the good you do for one, has ripple effects that reach beyond that one. And that the opposite is also true. Be kind. Be generous. And it will be counted to you as righteousness.

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