"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness."
~ Lamenations 3:21-23
This morning I watched online as the team of healthcare workers I serve with for hospice gathered together for our weekly meeting to discuss our patients. It has been three weeks since we sat around the same table and shared. We are all feeling the the distance between one another, and yet, we were still together as we talked about conversations with patients, what we are seeing with them, and experiencing when we are present with them, whether it is by phone or in person.
After three weeks of meeting like this, I realized that this is becoming a new "normal," for us. We can now maneuver through patient records, give up-to-date information, without struggling to keep our conversations moving forward. Today it was also good for us as we moved to a format where we all saw one another's faces. In some way, seeing one another is also a sign of hope. We have not been forgotten!
It is central in the biblical tradition that God’s love for God's people should not be forgotten.
It should remain with us in the present. When everything is dark, when we are surrounded by despairing voices, when we do not see any exits, then we can find salvation in a remembered love, a love that is not simply a wistful recollection of a bygone past, but a living force that sustains us in the present.
Love transcends the limits of time and offers hope at any moment of our lives.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2020
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.