Saturday, April 4, 2020

Sing. Pray.


Pandemic  by Lynn Ungar 3/11/20


about about 1.5 minutes

What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.



And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.



Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.


--Lynn Ungar 3/11/20


lynnungar.com

32 comments:

  1. I read her words and found them true and powerful and then I watched the video which is very worth watching. Thanks for sharing this here.

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  2. Beautiful.
    We are indeed all in this together. Worldwide. Something I have always hoped for - albeit not in this way.

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  3. This is thought-provoking. It's also right along the thoughts that most of us are having/experiencing right now. Hope you and yours are all healthy and happy.

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  4. Tell it to those idiot southern pastors still holding big jam-packed church services.

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    1. Stupidity is preached, saying that God protects the true believers. There are churches that believe in dancing with poisonous snakes.

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  5. Most touching. We all have it in us to do 'the right thing'. Some of us need to look a little harder for it than others.

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  6. May we learn this lesson well so it does not have to be repeated.

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    1. Will its source ever be found? I pray that this cannot happen again.

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  7. Very sensible advice which we are all trying to do. At least I hope we all are.
    We'll get through this.

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  8. This is lovely and so true.

    Stay safe, dear Susan.

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  9. Very touching and in this time when we can't touch, it is nice to realize we still have our hearts and words to make that connection.
    Stay safe.

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  10. Sweet! I caught most on the video but all in the print. THANKS You be safe and enjoy life. Yep it is precious.
    From North Carolina, LOVE
    Sherry & jack

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    1. These current days and months will change how most view life and its challenges.

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  11. These are wise words, Susan. Thank you.

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  12. We'll all get through this one day at a time. Hopefully.

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  13. Wise words. But just about every religion advocates discipline, love and fasting. Come to think of it we're in Lent right now though not too much fasting involved these days to judge by the supermarket queues.

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    1. Supermarket queues here reflect the panic people feel.

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  14. That was beautiful. Too bad we have so many idiots with scissors cutting the tendrils off.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!