While we might feel small, separate, and all alone,
Our people have never been more closely tethered.
The question isn’t if we will weather this unknown,
But how we will weather this unknown together.
Those beautiful and inspiring words come from a poem called The Miracle of Morning and were written especially for the current world situation by the first youth poet laureate of the United States Amanda Gorman. You can read her words of hope and encouragement and listen to her reciting her entire poem here. It will be the only sermon you need this Sunday morning. Amanda ends her poem with these words………
Let every dawn find us courageous, brought closer;
Heeding the light before the fight is over.
When this ends, we’ll smile sweetly, finally seeing
In testing times, we became the best of beings.
Amanda says she plans to run for President of the United States in 2036. I hope she wins!
In early November of 1919 a supply ship from St. John’s, Newfoundland pulled into the small Inuit community of Okak in northern Labrador bringing with it the Spanish flu. By the end of December 204 of the community’s 236 members were dead. Epidemiologist Sharon Buehler remembers that disaster in her beautiful work of art.
about the way we keep our distance from one another during the one great freedom we still have – to go outside. She says our actions to ensure physical distancing creates a kind of unique dance for our time. She believes there is a certain beauty in the choreography of how we protect one another by moving away from one another. Koulas is the dance critic for the New York Times.
It’s hard to pick the perfect inspirational song for this time but I find myself going back to Come Healing by Leonard Cohen. And my go-to piece of classical music for any time I feel like I need the comfort of sound to wrap its arms around me is this section of Bach’s concerto for two violins in D minor.