The Concord Hospital Chaplain recently invited Concord clergy to write to staff members providing encouragement for this challenging time of pandemic. Here is what I wrote:
Please know that your community deeply appreciates your work in our midst during this pandemic.
We acknowledge your sacrifice.
We are grateful for your knowledge and skill.
We pray for your safety and emotional well-being.
Over the years I have raised my son, we have seen a lot of movies. During some of that time I was in seminary on my way to becoming an ordained pastor. I was often deeply engrossed in learning and understanding more about the Divine, but when I was with my son at the movies, I found opportunity to apply all that heady religious stuff to our everyday lives. Often as we drove home or stopped for ice cream along the way, I would ask him, "Who was the Christ-figure in that movie?" We understood that character to be the one who was always concerned with others, more than her or his self. It was the one who would seek peace in the midst of turmoil; the one who was willing to sacrifice for the common good. It was the Lorax, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Sister Helen Prejean in Dead Man Walking, Percy Talbott in Spitfire Grill, or any one of a dozen other characters.
Today, in real life, in real time, it is you.
You are concerned with the welfare of others.
You are the one seeking peace in the midst of turmoil.
You are the one willing to sacrifice for the common good.
God bless you.
God bless you.
Rev. Cheryl L. Meachen, Pastor
Wesley United Methodist Church
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