Our excellent new Clerk of Meeting called yesterday to say that “Friends are being encouraged to stay home and stay warm” by not going to Meeting for Worship on Sunday. Interesting. A smart move, actually, especially given the fact that a nor’easter is bearing down on our area for early in the day. The forecast calls for snow to start then turning to sleet and finally rain later on. But with a fair amount of snow and ice on the ground from a storm two days ago, this decision to cancel our Sunday worship seems wise indeed, especially with our older members in mind.
Individually, we know that we can still settle into worship within our own homes at the appointed hour if we want to. But in all honesty, who really will? And knowing that our faith tradition as Friends makes holding our own Meeting for Worship at home very easy to do, takes away any and all excuses for not doing so!
But with a playful eye in mind, its amusing to think that with a few calls by as many Friends on the Meeting Phone Tree, that just like that, the one scheduled weekly religious service of our spiritual community is canceled!
What would old George Fox say? And with a nod to the bumper sticker, what would Jesus say? Maybe Jesus slept in too? Maybe God would be the first to say, “Hey, that’s my body you’re putting at risk walking on that icy patch. Stay home, drink hot cocoa, and think of me there.”
Text by K. Lee