During COVID…

… I have really made a strong effort to hold one day a week, generally Sunday, as Sabbath. The rest of the week, daily stuff, plus the courses I am taking, plus long range planning for school manage to fill my day in a positive way. Oh, and also visiting in our “bubble” of socially-distanced relationships.

[What’s a “bubble” you ask? It’s a concept developed in New Zealand and now in official use in the United Kingdom. It’s a way to connect with a social group while maintaining COVID safety. Here in South Dakota, our required isolation has been over for about a month. It was a tribal requirement, so technically non-tribal members weren’t required to stay-at-home and our governor has consistently refused to require any COVID restrictions at all. But, as a tribal employee of my school, I was asked to follow the tribal policy… which made sense to me, so I did! Anyway, here’s some info on the “social bubble” concept: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52637354  ]

Today being my sabbathing day, I have been doing some reading, reflection, prayer, journalling (apparently, G-mail’s spell check doesn’t perceive either “sabbathing” or “journalling” as a real word. Oh, well…)

I was sitting with this, and found it meaningful. So, I share it just in case it fits your “sabbathing” or “journalling” needs. The quote is Wendell Berry’s. The picture is mine. Enjoy:

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,

no matter how long,

but only by a spiritual journey,

a journey of one inch,

very arduous and humbling and joyful,

by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,

and learn to be at home.

– Wendell Berry, Collected Poems