Spiritual Shelter: Faith, Hope, Charity

Our lives are pared down to essentials. COVID-19 has removed much of the noise and distraction that often fill our thoughts. But even in observing the required precautions, we remain vulnerable to a highly contagious and invisible enemy.

 What stands between this enemy and us? What stands between us and our being consumed by our passions and selfish desires? A daily hymn, a prayer, a scripture, an act of kindness will refocus our hearts on Jesus, our loving savior and protector.

The Earth is slowly taking on the garments of Spring with budding leaves, crocuses, yellow daffodils. The birds are settling in after long migrations. But as lovely as the dawning of Spring, so much fairer is Jesus. Take heart, Christians, He is with us still.

From the hymn Fairest Lord Jesus:

Fair are the meadows, fairer still the woodlands
Robed in the blooming garb of Spring.
Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer
Who makes the woeful heart to sing.

Words:  German Composite

 

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About Blue Heron

My wife and I became members of the Community in 1975. We had come to the Community prior to that time on various retreats from our church in Connecticut. I landed an elementary teaching career in 1976 and taught in that same school until 1999. We raised two sons (now married) who are both now professed members of the Community. We have three grandchildren and three granddogs. I continue to work in the public school teaching science on a part time basis, and also serve as advisor and part time teacher for a group of parents who homeschool in the Community. My wife works as a dental assistant. Life in the Community has expanded my borders far beyond what I would have imagined. Over the years I have sung with the choir, participated in Gregorian Chant, served as chalice bearer, made stained glass, been part of a writing group, built sets for Gilbert and Sullivan productions and sung in them. The list goes on. I cannot think of a better environment to raise a child. And I cannot think of any place that would have challenged more, and kept me moving forward as a Christian father and husband. I have been over my head and lifted above the waters. I am looking back in gratitude, and forward in hope.

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