You might be here
You might quickly realize where you are on the graph below. Perhaps it accurately describes your own roller coaster of emotional well-being, and maybe even our wider social situation. I don’t know about you, but after a period of camaraderie and shared heroic effort, I now sense and see the disillusionment growing, circulating, deepening. Perhaps that’s where you are. Maybe that’s what you are sensing in others, too.
That disillusionment is fertile soil for social-media conspiracy theory videos to take root (here’s a helpful article about the recent explosion of “Plandemic”). Disillusionment leaves us grasping for something to make sense, something to channel our frustration, something that will serve as a short-cut to arrive at the life we want to resume.
The fatigue and disorientation of a slow-burning disaster like this pandemic has and will continue to take it’s toll. And I suspect disillusionment is inevitable for all of us at some point.
Dear friend, be patient and gentle with yourself, and with others. Disillusionment is hard. And the antidote may be harder: trust. Trusting in the presence of God with us. Trusting that we have what it takes to get through this. Trusting that we are still part of a bigger network of love, connection, and mutual well-being, even when we feel so isolated. Trusting that love, listening, and compassion can still take us somewhere new. And even so, trusting that there are no short-cuts to new life: only what Jesus called the “narrow way” that is long, slow, and hard.
That antidote to disillusionment, that trust, is at the heart of Psalm 23. It is transformative for the Psalmist, evident in the very way the words themselves shift in the Psalm. If we read carefully and take our time, we might notice the Psalm itself is a spiritual journey. I look forward to sharing that journey in worship with you this weekend. You can find the video at southelkhorncc.org/digital-liturgy soon or on South Elkhorn’s Facebook page at 10:30 AM Sunday.
See you (digitally) Sunday,
PS – I hope to see you this Sunday. You are invited for communion at 11:30 AM. (Follow the directions here). And if you’d like to join a Sunday School by zoom, let me know. I’d be happy to connect you to one of the different groups meeting weekly for conversation and holy connection–one is doing “lectio divina“, another is studying and discussing the scripture passage for the week.
Worship each week with a digital liturgy: pause, pray, sing, reflect, and reconnect.
Digital liturgy is posted each weekend to South Elkhorn’s website and premiers on South Elkhorn’s Facebook page at 10:30AM on Sunday.