Tag Archives: Coronavirus

Pastoral Letter (04/01/20)

To my beloved flock, grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

100,000 to 240,000. Those are the numbers that have been given as the possible number of deaths that we might expect in our country due to the coronavirus. We know that these are not just numbers – they are precious human lives. In the next few weeks, the virus will spread exponentially; already we’re seeing that there’s hardly a community that has not been impacted in some way by this sickness. Continue reading

Practical Helps for Social Distancing/Self-Isolation

I’m an introvert. I don’t think this comes as a surprise to anyone who knows me. My nigh-monastic study habits, my aversion to raucous crowds, and my delight in the silent moments of my day, have probably given me away by now. I am also a Pastor. As such, it is my duty and delight to glorify God through working for the good of His people. Both of these realities are true: I am an introvert and a Pastor. Thus, the following tips on how best to use your time in isolation are given not only from a pastoral desire to be a help to you, but also from years of experience in the finer mechanics of solitude. Continue reading

Beauty: A Prescription for the Heart

Today is the first day of spring. Many of you reading this probably didn’t know that. It hasn’t been a headline, and so few are going outside that, for them, it may as well be winter. But, as I was walking across our little churchyard I noticed that, indeed, there were flowers blooming, lifting their little, diversely colored petals to the light of the sun. It’s interesting how something so small can stop me in my tracks and lead me to contemplation.

It is quite easy in times like these to be so engrossed with the ugliness of the fallen creation that we forget that even now it bears the marks of its eternally beautiful Creator. Thus, it is all the more important that we spend some time daily immersed in the beauty all around us. Continue reading