Taking the first step…

“Faith Is Taking The First Step Even When… … you don’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King

Meditation: Many of us don’t know how to make it through this time where work, school, daily rhythms, habits, rituals and social gatherings are suddenly turned upside down or have disappeared. It is like standing in a large new building we are not familiar with at the bottom of a large staircase that will be difficult to climb and that will lead to a place we have never been before, not to mention that we did not choose it nor wanted to climb up in the first place.

Faith is taking the first step… believing that the One holding the staircase will also hold us. Believing that what expects us is not more powerful than the One who has called us and who loves us. Taking the first step with trembling, with tears, with feelings of anger and possibly dread. And yet, in faith we take the first step, create new first habits, learn new social media tools so we can at least see each other, learn with our children how to log onto online school websites, and wonder how to pay the bills…wonder how our loved ones, our neighbors will make it with us up those stairs….

Prayer: God everything has changed. We feel mountains rising before us and terrain opening up we have never been in. Come into our many human feelings – ranging from dread, to anger and even despair. Fill us with faith, with trust. Help us to take only this one first step today, and then tomorrow the second step – aware that we are climbing into the unknown – holding onto Your promises and holding onto the communities we are part of, even when we cannot hug each other. Amen

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God. Psalm 42:11