Chaplain’s Message – April 8, 2020
Words of Blessing to all CAP members reading this message….
I share some thoughts as we draw close to holy days in the Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious calendars….
If one thing has become clear to almost everyone in recent days, it is that we are all in this together—the “we” enlarged, as never before, to include all human beings everywhere. From China to Italy to Israel, on factory floors and in university classrooms, at empty stadiums and overflowing hospital wards, there is new meaning to the concept of “human community.” The world is without question bound together, across every border imaginable. The coronavirus spreads so rapidly, strikes invisibly, and makes no discrimination on who it attacks.
I have read of a prison chaplain who would tell prisoners that genuine freedom began not from without, but from within. In our own time, leaders such as Nelson Mandela, although in prison, testified that they felt freedom in their souls.
For those of the Jewish faith, this Wednesday evening will be the first Passover when we are uncomfortable leaving our own homes, almost as if we were captives. But restrictions from without can create spaces within. There are universes to be explored in each one of us.
For those of the Christian faith, the Easter message of resurrection, renewal and faith is a most powerful one. Although I sense it from a distance, I do sense its message of belief, strength, support and connection to the Source of All Being. Likewise, for those of the Muslim faith, I understand that Ramadan is a time of spiritual reflection, self-improvement, and heightened devotion and worship
Please take good care of yourself and those close to you, as we together take care of our communities, our neighbors, and all of God’s creation at our shared holy day season. May each of us find both support and joy in our individual faith journeys.
Chaplain Gary Atkins