March 18, 2020

I’m not normally the kind of person who posts pictures of my food, as anyone who knows me would attest. But what I’ll start doing now is posting pictures of where I am. I’m hunkered down with a dear friend whose apartment I happened to be visiting when the coronavirus craziness exploded a few days ago. I had been planning to fly back to Des Moines to pack up for a move to DC, but now such travel is on hold as we all know. Meanwhile my friend is someone I have known for over 35 years, a godfather to my daughter, and he has generously suggested I remain at his place for now. He is an interior designer and his home is beautiful. He has such an eye for beauty that even a bowl of tomatoes at his place looks like a work of art to me. But it’s more than that going on now, of course. I’m feeling the same things everyone else is feeling, and deeply aware that not everyone has the support of friends and family where they are now, much less find themselves in a beautiful environment for their time of self-imposed quarantine. Later today I will make another video, continue to download more meditations, and start downloading my reading A Course in Miracles. I have a deep realization of the gifts, however painful, that are brought to us by this crisis. But I also have a deep realization of the pain. This is a heartbreaking moment, and I think it is proper to admit that to ourselves. There were many, many people just barely holding on in their lives, and this will put some of them over the edge. Emotionally, physically, financially. There was overwhelming despair before this, and don’t get me wrong, the crisis brings a needed course-correction for our civilization on many levels that I’ll be discussing. But millions and millions of people are in panic now. A lot of us are very worried, but many others are abjectly terrified. If ever there was a time to think of people who are having a harder time than we are, it’s now. Dear God, To those who need You most, Please be there in the hour of their agony. And use the rest of us to help extend Your love at such an anguished hour as this. Thank you, God. Amen.

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