I am writing from my desk in our apartment on Avenida Mexico in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  We just got news this week that our 40 day quarantine is going to continue until May 17th.

Can we have hope?

We as Christians know that God is love and compassion and grace and mystery.

I think we are being given a second chance.

I believe that God is giving us another opportunity to live our lives in awareness and compassion, even as our present world is filled with silence, suffering, and death.

Gordy and I have had second chances in our lives.  We have been in crisis, confused and hurt.  God has opened new doors for us. We have walked through these doors in faith and hope knowing that God still loves us and so many great things have happened.

We are called to

Love the lord your god with all your heart, and with all your soul,

and with all your strength, and with all your mind;

and your neighbor as yourself.”

And He said to him,

 “You have answered correctly;  do this and you will live.”

Luke 10:27 & 28 NAS

We get another chance.

We are to make choices every day.

Let us be on our knees to make the most life- giving choices for all the people of the world, especially those we tend to overlook.

The most vulnerable among us include our elderly who are so often neglected and forgotten.  How can we love them in this time of crisis?

We are challenged to choose life for the earth; the air, the water, the land, the plants, the animals and all people.  We are all neighbors.  We were created to live together and share God’s abundance.

God longs to move in our midst, to respond to the cries of God’s creation.

We are the hands and feet of God.

May we respond together. 

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