A Message from Rev. Maya Landell (February 12, 2021)

Those are the words that I wrote on Valentines’ that I made last week at Resonance’s craft event, and mailed to family, friends, and a few people I thought could use a lift.

I’m thinking about LOVE today, as my daughter, Norah, wears her pink/red/white for her last online school day and prepares to go back to the routine of attending school next Tuesday. I wonder how you are showing love to people right now? I’m taking today, Saturday and Monday off as a sign of love for my family to share intentional technology-free time with them. I pray that people pick up the phones, drop notes in the mail, send prayers and meditations of compassion and kindness to people in the next few days.

I know it’s not an easy weekend for those who’ve just lost a partner, or who are in a conflicted partnership, or who pray for partnership. And this community of faith will always make space to pray into the seasons of our life – whatever we
are experiencing.

I am grateful for the Emergency Response Team and to Church Council for the ways they are creating healthy and safe space as Islington United navigates this pandemic with care. As she was doing “mask wearing” training with our staff during our weekly meeting, Sandra Tully reminded us that we wear a mask to care for others. Every time I see a mask today, I will see it as a
sign that I am being cared for by another. I wish today my mask said “God loves you and so do I.”

Rev. Maya

P.S. A Church Council member sent me a link to this article about how the church is not closed during COVID-19. I thought you might find it interesting.