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Joined September 10, 2019

Message to Readers

So, our church started holding in-person services this past week, since restrictions in our area have been lifted enough.

on returning to church this past sunday

June 11, 2020

we sit stiff with backs straightened
legs folded awkwardly over one another
confined to our own uncomfortable space
six feet away six feet away
isolated
like diamond islands in a raging sea
our hands reach out to comfort
to rest upon another’s shoulders
but the rules swat our fingers back
no, no, they say
there are older individuals here
even though we told them to stay home
don’t touch don’t touch
protect them protect yourself
you can see them from a distance
now isn’t that enough?
today the pastor preaches on hope
hope hope hope hope hope
hope he says is found in Christ
through His resurrection comes our resurrection
brothers and sisters the pastor says
we will surely rise just as He surely rose
hope lies in this promise
so sure and so sweet
the promise of life everlasting
through our Savior called faithful and true
at the end of the sermon we rise
for one final hymn
our breath is confined beneath masks
but our voices billow up and outwards
one collective song
raised in praise to God above

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4 Comments
  • Doodleninja

    hey, our church recently started meeting in person again too! I love the uplifting, hopeful mood of this piece; I play the piano for my church and when everyone started singing, voices I hadn't heard in MONTHS, I wanted to cry happy tears.
    It's good to be back :)


    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    So cool that you're back in church! Mine is meeting outside. Masks and social distancing are recommended, but not required (so most people totally hug each other). Vulnerable people are still staying home, of course, and the service is continuing to be live-streamed.


    5 months ago
  • loquacious_lil

    This is amazing! I wish I could go back to Church :(


    5 months ago
  • A Rose

    This is so beautiful


    5 months ago