Pastor’s Message – March 24, 2020

Dear friends,

It’s hard to know what to do, or what we should be doing during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Do we dare even venture out of our houses to take care of necessities like buying groceries and getting gas?

Is it safe to be out in the open where other people are, or have been?

Should we go into work even if is only with a few people?

Each day after doing my devotions, writing in my journal and sharing my thoughts with you in this format, I take a walk either in Session Woods or on the bike path next to the Farmington River.

Sometimes I even see some of you there!

When I walk either in back of or next to people on the other side of the trail, I always try to make eye contact with them.

Some people look away, some say hello and some look through me, or over, me as if I was not even there. There is a look of disdain on the faces of some and a look of indifference on others. But on still others, there is a look of kindness, compassion and friendliness that says: “We all are human beings and we will get through this, at least in spirit.”

Hopefully this pandemic will make us realize how much we need each other and how much we can do for each other… by just a simple look of kindness and a warm greeting.

Keep the faith my friends,

Rev. Wendell Taylor
Congregational Church of Burlington

3 comments on “Pastor’s Message – March 24, 2020
  1. Linda Sartinsky says:

    Thank you, Wendell! I’m really enjoying your sermons and mid-week messages. I definitely feel a camaraderie with others I see when I’m out of the house. Even when I’m driving – there are fewer cars on the roads and (most) people seem a little more patient, which is saying a lot for Connecticut drivers.
    Be well everyone!

  2. Sara Szafranski says:

    Thank you Reverend Taylor! I agree it is interesting to see people’s different reactions and willingness to connect at least with their eyes or a brief hello.
    It is a new thing, this being separated but I heard an interview with 2 people who met ( and married afterward) at a Buddhist monastery where they were trained at solitude and examination of self. Self to self, self to others and self to the world around them.
    Good lessons for training the mind.
    I think also of those who have been imprisoned at one time and how they learned to cope. Hopefully this is temporary and an opportunity to re-examine ourselves and our actions and
    Lessing to you and your famil
    Sara Szafranski

  3. Wendell Taylor says:

    Thanks Linda