“Mountains, deserts, rivers, boats and seas”

Check out this work by a couple of my friends. On Magdalena’s blog (link below), it first appears en Español and then in English.

A litany of affirmation for the church dispersed by the coronavirus
by Magdalena I. García

“And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.’” (Matthew 8:20, NRSV)

“It offends me [that politicians demand that our temples be open] because such assertions pretend to limit the worship of God’s people to a building, […] because Jesus was a teacher of mountains, deserts, rivers, boats and seas.”
– Marissa Galván-Valle

A bit of the litany in English:

We worship from our homes,
Mountain Teacher,
because our gratitude goes beyond
the sanctuary pews and the temple walls

We reflect in isolation,
Desert Mystic,
because our soul is strengthened
by the silence of active listening and the quietness of your presence.

Check out A litany of affirmation for the church dispersed by the coronavirus
by Magdalena I. García




Filed under Current Events, Friends, Worship

2 responses to ““Mountains, deserts, rivers, boats and seas”

  1. Incredible. I read it 3 times. Thank you. I’m reading it again. Carol

    • Magdalena is a marvelous writer. So is Marissa. As I understand the process, Marissa posted something and then Magdalena turned it into the litany. A while back Marissa posted something and I turned it into a prayer. Hey – I am sending daily prayers to my congregation and to friends and family. Would you want to be added to that list? If so, post your email address in a comment. I will write it down and then delete the comment. I hope you are well.

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