Pastor’s Corner: Making Life Livable

September 22, 2021

Oh, these times.

Mercifully, the number of new COVID-19 infections each day has been declining since the beginning of the month. It’s still higher than any other period of the pandemic than this past August, which means it’s far too high to consider many of the things we’d like to do. Life will not be “normal” for some time.

Our challenge is to make life livable in the time in which we live. We are not the first generation to do so. On the lava plain west of Kalapana there are planters assembled from loose stone and filled with gathered soil. Sheltered from the relentless wind, those small gardens sheltered taro plants. For long years, while the most populated spot on Hawai’i Island was Waipi’o Valley, some determined souls planted and harvested on the hard paho’eho’e and made their lives livable. The marks they left show that some even thrived.

The dangers of the coronavirus may eventually fade, but not yet, and probably not soon, even with the vaccines. In this time, how will we make our lives livable? How will we minimize the risks to ourselves and to others, but still maintain the supports we need to maintain our bodies, comfort our hearts, and strengthen our spirits? What will we use to bring comfort to those we love? How will we help them comfort us?

Telephones, cards, computers, photos, video chats, outdoor seating, masked conversations, televised concerts… think about the means you might use to see and be seen, to reach out and to be touched, to comfort and be comforted. It might be time to explore new ones you haven’t used or to reclaim ones you abandoned long ago.

How will we live – and thrive – in this time?

With aloha,

Pastor Eric

Categories Pastor's Corner Reflections | Tags: , | Posted on September 22, 2021

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