For Your Quarantine Sanity – a Prayer for 3/29/20

"Spirit of Wisdom, Truth, and Peace, guide us through this difficult time, and help us to resist the temptation to dream nostalgically of the old normal we have lost. Instead, help us lean forward toward a new normal, a wiser and better way of life that is more in harmony with your love for all people and for all creation. Help us better understand and value our interconnectedness on this beautiful, fragile planet. Empower all who serve the common good, encourage all who suffer, and expose all who mislead, whether through ignorance, greed, fear, or malice. Give birth to a new generation of moral leaders around the world, moral leaders who are guided by a just vision for the future rather than limited habits of the past  ... in our families and faith communities, in our cities and states and nations, and around this interconnected world, for the good of all."

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For Your Quarantine Sanity – A Prayer for a Pandemic, Link for 3/28/30

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You Lied to Us

You told us you couldn't.

You swore that you wouldn't.

You said it was impossible

To change that much that fast.

You called the rest of us dreamers,

Idealist, unrealistic.

You laughed at us.

Then, in a matter of days,

You spent more to retrieve

The unsustainable past

Than we asked you to invest

In a sustainable future.

If you get your grasp on your

Precious present

Again, don't lie to us again.

We need your new realization:

That when crisis hits,

What seemed impossible

And unthinkable

Becomes inevitable

And unavoidable

Overnight.

 

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They Told You It Was a Hoax

Why trust scientists? they asked.

It's no big deal. These things happen

All the time.

It's all hysteria, they said.

A liberal hoax.

You tried to tell them they had

Complacency bias and baseline syndrome,

But the fact that you were right meant they

Wouldn't listen.

Something as small as a virus, even smaller, a carbon atom,

Could change the world, you told them, forever.

They looked at you funny.

Sometimes by the time a danger is obvious,

It's too late to avoid it, you told them.

They shook their heads and

Kept watching

Fox News.

I'm sorry, Reality.

You tried.

 

-- Brian D. McLaren

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For Your Quarantine Sanity — a Link for 3/27/20

Yo Yo Ma shares #songsofcomfort:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wczq8RjxA9M

 

More here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or5Wa97KVbM

 

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