Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. (2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NRSV)
Last week, Deaconess Kristin wrote a devotional piece encouraging us to be open about the losses and griefs that we have experienced in the recent weeks as our lives have been turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic. She provided a link to a place where you can identify your losses and disappointments that you lament. Many have.
As we move to the conclusion of this semester, she and I would like to give an opportunity to add to this work of lament and naming by providing a memorial space to record the names of those who have died in this time. The deceased need not have died due to the coronavirus.
Restrictions on gathering have created the virtually unthinkable situation where friends and family have been unable to attend funerals and so share in their grief and hope of resurrection. This memorial is one small way to mitigate this loss.
If you’d like, there’s also room to submit prayer requests and make note of other losses you have suffered in this time.
Responses can be viewed here.
Links to both locations are also available at valpo.edu/chapel
*Please keep in mind that entries here will be publicly viewable.*
May the peace of God which surpasses human understanding be with you.
– Deaconess Kristin & Pastor Jim
April 29, 2020