At the end of particularly frenetic work from home day yesterday, I opened the dining room windows to get some fresh air and enjoy the spring weather. As has become a bit of a ritual, each early evening most of my neighbors venture out of their houses to be in community with each other at socially appropriate distances. I stepped outside to smile and wave and came back inside to start dinner. After a few minutes I began to hear violins through the open windows. As a violin player myself, I was drawn back outside to see what was happening. Across the street I saw a young person playing her violin from the front porch of her house and on the sidewalk below was a couple playing their violins with her. Then my next door neighbor, who happens to be a professional violinist, emerged from her house with her instrument and within a couple of minutes my neighbor and the young person were playing the first movement of the JS Bach Concerto for Two Violins; across the street from each other. What a gift. This concerto is one of my favorite musical works and I’ve been very blessed to play that same first movement twice at Trinity, most recently just last August with Joshua B. Listening to that music last night reminded me that even in this time of fear and uncertainty, God’s gifts are still all around us and are not impacted by this virus. Let us take comfort in those gifts today; whatever they may be. And let us look forward to the time when we can again celebrate those gifts together in the same space.
Lord in this time of fear and uncertainty, help us to see your gifts of grace and mercy all around us. Help us to be open to your presence during this time. Help us to take comfort in the signs of spring and rebirth around us and remind us of the promise of the resurrection. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sarah G, Council President