Chronicles of Quarantine
Chronicles of Quarantine at Holy Trinity
In the coming weeks, members of our congregation will share stories of how they are coping during these unprecedented times.
This week Dixie Hanson shares with us:
Coping During the Covid-19
I hope you are managing to find something positive out of this situation. I find myself sleeping later in the morning (well 7:30 rather than 6:30). I am also getting motivated to clean out the piles we have had sitting around since Paul moved out of his office. However, I am not driven to deal with those sorting things. Life has taken a slower pace. I take time out to walk each day, have a leisurely breakfast and read the paper. Evenings we watch something we have taped, usually from PBS. During the week, I enjoy the online worship, Lectio Divina on Tuesdays, the Bible studies with Pastor Erik and Advocacy in Quarantine with our Lutheran Office of Public Policy Director on Wednesdays and some free Vibrant Faith webinars on Thursdays.
I also appreciate the time to visit by phone with friends and family and keeping in touch with church members. On Easter, our family had a Zoom call and talked for over 2 hours beginning with the question “What does Easter mean to each of us?” and ending with talking about the definition of and experience of mansplaining, one of our best family discussions.
My newest daily devotional time has started to include those books given to me that have short excerpts to read. I am currently reading a book, Hallelujah, The Poetry of Classic Hymns edited by Anna Marlis Burgard. The poetry of these classic hymns are included along with their scriptural basis, a brief description of the authors and beautiful illustrations by Richard Krepel .
One hymn, The Hour Glass, is by John Quincy Adams. Did you know he was the cofounder of the first Unitarian Church in Washington D.C., a defender of women’s rights, a dedicated humanitarian and the only president to become a congressman after being president?
The author of the hymn “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” is Civilla Durfee Martin, 1905, a Baptist. “This poem was inspired by the Doolittle couple, who were each crippled by years of illness. Martin was astonished by their happiness in the face of torturous physical problems, and when she asked about the secret of their joy, Mrs. Doolittle replied, ‘My heavenly Father watches over each little sparrow and I know he loves and cares for me.’” Martin and her preacher husband collaborated on writing gospel songs, including “God Will Take Care of You,” written when Martin was herself ill and confined to bed. “This hymn reportedly gave great comfort to J.C. Penny, who was languishing at a sanitarium when he first heard its words. ‘I felt as if I had been instantly lifted out of the darkness of a dungeon into a warm, brilliant sunlight. I felt as if I had been transported from hell to Paradise. I felt the power of God as I had never felt it before.’” An example of the power of music during challenging times!
May you find inspiration, comfort and peace in your home as you shelter in place.