Just as this whole year has been different, so has the season of Lent also been. At this time last year we simply had to let go of our Lenten plans. We were just trying to understand how to get together for Sundays. We had no capacity to also re-imagine our other Lenten activities.
Texts: Genesis 9:8-17; 1 Peter 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15
Humans can be aggravating. Can we all agree that this is true? We aggravate each other no end. We are positively genius when it comes to inventing new aggravations. We are so adept at aggravating, that sometimes even things we intend as good and right, end in aggravation for others.
I’ve come to really appreciate the word curate. I always used to think it’s how a museum display is put together. Now I know that the word attends to many more things, all of them beautiful.
A Pastoral Reflection, The Fourth Week of Epiphany, the Umpteenth Week of Official Pandemic Status - February 5, 2021
So this week the residents of the Village here in Friday Harbor received their second COVID-19 vaccine dose. This is wonderful news for them, and it seems as though there is a growing sense of good cheer about the place. Several people from our faith community who live at the Village received the vaccine, including my mother.
The Rev. Beth Purdum Eden is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. She has served in more than 6 parishes in the Western United States for 30 years.