I pray that this message finds you safe and well. It’s difficult to believe that it’s already August. We’ve been out of our building for almost five months and I really miss being with you! Rev. Sue and I are doing well. We aren’t living in fear of COVID-19, but we do have a healthy respect for the novel Coronavirus. It’s giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to examine our priorities and any unquestioned assumptions we may have.
What have we taken for granted? Are the beliefs we’ve held still proving to be true? What do we envision for the future? What will we change going forward? These are questions we might all ask ourselves while we watch the pandemic play out across the globe and across the street.
At Unity of Dayton, we’re coping with whatever problems arise. This week heavy rain found its way into the building again. It appears that the drains on the roof became plugged, which resulted in flooding on the East side of the Sanctuary. Some of the popcorn ceiling came down and there’s a bit of a mess. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ron Julian for investigating and helping to resolve the problem. We’ll be monitoring it closely to see if any further action is needed (other than repairing the water damage!).
I hope your roof isn’t leaking, but with all that’s going on, perhaps you’re experiencing a few “energy leaks.” Energy leaks occur when we aren’t in touch with how we feel and don’t notice that our energy is being drained away by our attention to the negativity around us. How do we stop energy leaks? It’s easy! As soon as you notice your negative emotions (fear, anger, sadness, frustration, anything other than feeling good), intentionally shift your focus to something that allows you to feel better.
I feel better when I hold a vision for the future of gathering back in our space again. Feel the joy of coming together and celebrating the end of the pandemic! Singing, laughing, sharing, hugging and feeling God’s presence among us. I’m smiling just thinking about it. Will it happen soon? I don’t know, but I do know that it will happen. We will be stronger than before!
In the meantime, remember, you always have the power of choice. Don’t let it rain on your parade, but if it does, grab an umbrella and let’s go singing in the rain!
Much love to you,