High River United Church of High River, Alberta

How are you doing? Really, How are you doing?

Hello Dear Friends!

How are you doing these days? How are you doing?  We really want to know.


As we listen to people answer that question, we hear a great deal of weariness. We hear people who just want this to be over, and who are perhaps choosing to act as if it is, even though we know that the virus is still out there.


We hear disillusionment and frustration as this goes on and on with no end in sight. We knew it would be a marathon, but is a much longer marathon than we could have imagined last March.


We as a congregation are taking baby steps toward finding ways to gather and engage with each other – but always with everyone’s utmost safety in mind.  


This is an exhausting time, with an ongoing low-level but insistent stress, as we try to avoid the virus, worry about loved ones, and pay attention to details that we don’t usually have to attend to. You might notice that you are distracted, and that you have a hard time focussing on a task or reading a book.   When you are driving, please remember to take extra caution – because so many of us are distracted.


So, please….

  • be gentle and compassionate with yourself. Don’t worry if you aren’t accomplishing everything you plan on accomplishing.
  • let others care for you, and reach out to do something small (a call, a card) for someone else. We are best when we care for each other.

We will get through this – even this marathon of marathons. Our hope is in God, whose energy sustains and encourages us. As it says in Isaiah 43:2: When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.


We know that God was with us, guiding us through the recovery from the flood waters.  As overwhelming and difficult as that was, we were resilient. We know that God is with us now, in this pandemic which has come upon us, unbidden and unwelcomed. With God’s loving energy, we will do one day at a time, until we are on the other side. Together, by the grace of God, we can do this.


In Christ and with love,

Rev. Susan & Rev. David

High River United Church – a community of help, home & hope

“Just to be is a blessing; just to live is holy.” A. Heschel



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