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APRIL 17, 2020



Christians & Coronavirus:

Staying Connected in Christ


One of the things I’m most grateful for, especially in the day of the stay-at-home order, are my
daily walks in the park. It is where I feel most connected to my inner prayer life and most able to
hear what God is saying to me. It is in solitude that I am able to listen and tune out my own
dialogue. Some days I may choose to listen to music as part of my praying. Good Friday, I
treasured hearing Leonard Cohen’s Easter version of Hallelujah. Tears flowed from that deep
place of sadness that happens to me every Good Friday.

One of the most comforting things in the days of the pandemic for me has come in the gift of a
Facebook group. The point of the group is simply to post the view from your window. There
are thousands of posts that are stunning and absolutely beautiful from people all over the world!
I have been mesmerized by the photos, seeing what others see from their homes. It is powerful
recognizing we are all in the same predicament with different views. The connection seems so
global and so personal at the same time. It has reminded me that we live in such a beautiful

The true wealth of the posts are those who post their struggles—someone grieving a loved one
lost from COVID-19—being quarantined because they themselves have the virus—healthcare
workers asking for prayers as they head into the ICU. The posts remind me that we are all
children of God. Our fears are founded but lessened as we lean on each other. I remembered a
song I sang when I was young—“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”. I listened to it
today on my walk in the park and I cried but I felt better—because I know we’re in good hands!

Pam Hazard

St. Andrew Parishioner

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