As we move into Holy Week, I cannot get this blessing out of my heart.  Some of you may recognize it as a piece from Fiddler on the Roof; some may be hearing the blessing for the first time.  My friend and former pastor, Joanne Engquist, shared it on her Facebook page.  It is a blessing from the Kaufman family who will miss a beloved Bar Mitzvah due to the stay-at-home order.  They share this beautiful blessing with these words: No matter your faith or your beliefs, I think we can all agree we hope our children feel safe and loved in this world. 

This week begins another part of our journey of faith — a triumphant entry into Jerusalem, a struggle for justice and for love, a crucifixion, a death and ultimately a resurrection.  The last of these is where  we find our faith, it is the source out of which we grow strong.

Shelter us in these days, O God, bless us with connection and grace, love and life everlasting.  Amen.

“See” you on Sunday,