Dear People of St. Barnabas’,
Grace and peace to you all. I write to you this morning from the kitchen table in our home. All is quiet… Perhaps I should excitedly repeat that: All is quiet! Moments like these are few and far between and tend to only happen between the hours of five and seven in the morning when you have a two-and-a-half-year-old at home who is often compared to a wrecking ball. It’s strange to be able to hear myself think, let alone to not be interrupted by either the sound of something breaking, or by the sweetest voice trying to coax me into “playing trucks” or reading a story. The silence I am currently experiencing certainly feels strange and yet familiar.
Much of what many of us are experiencing right now in life feels strange and yet familiar. Whether it be seeing mask less people at the grocery store, meeting a friend for coffee, eating inside of a restaurant, or even going to church. Daily things we once took for granted are coming back, and yet, speaking for myself, I can say that there is still a feeling of nervousness when it comes to certain things that I have been unable to do during the last fifteen or so months. It is nice that we are experiencing light at the end of the tunnel, and while mindfulness is still necessary, many of the relational aspects of our lives that we’ve been missing for so long now are returning and feel strange and familiar at the same time.
I believe that one of the reasons the lack of relational contact has been so difficult for us is that we are created in God’s image and God as the Trinity is grounded in holy community. Three in One and One in Three, a divine dance without beginning or end, The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit each eternally present and taking part. We who are created in God’s image were made for community, community which so many of us have found in the Church. I often am asked by people what the point of going to church is… Many people find God in all sorts of places in the world around us, from a mid-day hike in nature, to an early morning cup of coffee while listening to the waves crash on the shoreline. Anywhere we find God is wonderful and holy ground. So, if God can be found outside of the church, why should we bother attending?
I believe that the answer to the question above can be found if we look to our creator, Three in One and One in Three. If we are indeed made in the image of God, then each and every one of us has a need for divine community and the church not only unites us in that community but also bonds us together in our common mission to share the grace, mercy, forgiveness, and love of God with all people. Through the church, we are afforded the opportunity to make a difference in this world and to partner with God in the building of His kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. Also, we are given bread for the journey of life, our spiritual food as we share communion with each other. Communion, community, and common prayer; these are the things that unite us as the church and fulfill the deep need within our very souls that comes from being created in the image of the divine community. And while we are to continue to take reasonable precautions, I give thanks for the opportunity to meet with you all every week in person where each and every one of us are united in one common voice as we praise our creator. Thanks be to God!