As we face this time of global pandemic when there is so much anxiety, fear and social isolation, many are turning to spiritual practices that help calm the mind, center our hearts and strengthen the body. We can go for walks in the beautiful sunshine, listen to music and sing, work on art projects, and pray and meditate. We can reach out to others who are alone and afraid by phone to give them courage and comfort. Many people here in Nelson are organizing volunteers to help run groceries, pick up prescriptions, or help in any way they can to those who need help. You can call a church or spiritual centre for support. There’s a Facebook group called “Nelson Helps”—a group of volunteers ready to help. Nelson really is an amazing, caring community that shows so much love and hope in this difficult time. This is the gift of love that knows no borders or limitations, only the expanse of the heart!
“Loving God, your heart overflows with compassion for your whole creation. Support and strengthen all those who reach out in love, concern and prayer for the sick and distressed. In their acts of compassion, may they know that they are your instruments. In their concerns and fears, may they know your peace. In their faithful serving, may they know your steadfast love. In the stillness of our souls we listen for your voice to know again that you are God. Quiet our restless hearts with the knowledge that you are near us, keeping watch over us. Rekindle our faith and light the lamp of hope within our hearts. Then take us by the hand into each day that lies ahead. Amen.”
The Rev. Jeff Donnelly
St. Saviour’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral