Congregational Care and Information during the Coronavirus quarantine
Welcome to your complete one-stop-web page for what's happening at FUMC Franklin during the Coronavirus quarantine period.
In order to maintain the health and safety of our congregation, we offer various ways to remain connected in Christ as together we navigate a changing situation.
May you continue to be blessed and a blessing as we continue to DARE MORE to trust, love, share, and serve during this time of uncertainty.
From our Pastoral Care Team
Rev. David Beam
July 9, 2020
Grace and Peace Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Last week I traveled to my parents to accompany my Mother to her memory-care appointment. She has Alzheimer’s disease and her cognitive abilities continue to degenerate as well as changes in her emotions. Thankfully, there are new treatments available that can slow the progression of the disease but to date there is no cure. Recently she has begun to experience bouts of uncontrolled crying and deeply felt anxiety that seem to come without warning and she can’t really share why or what she is feeling. The Social Worker at the memory care office is a blessed companion and shared some words that were helpful about why tears are important and how we don’t have to understand them, we just need to allow ourselves to experience them when they come. “Tears are our mind’s way of sometimes relieving pressure, like the safety valve on a water-heater……we don’t have to know why, we just need to let them flow.”
Her words gave my Mother a moment of clarity and permission to just be……and feel…..and grieve…….without having to explain or even understand her tears. The Psalms of Lament likewise give voice to the hurt, the grief, the pain and the loss that we experience and the assurance that not a single tear from a solitary soul is ever shed without it being felt also by the One who gathers them and carries us.
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book. (Psalm 56:8)
Are you allowing yourself to cry? We are living in a most tumultuous time and experiencing cataclysmic shifts in culture and society, not to mention the loss of freedoms, in-person relationships, fears of infection, the loss of what we have planned, and the paradox of constantly adapting to change! It’s OK to shed your tears, they have a way of clearing the way for us to see ourselves and the world more clearly and giving our bodies a vent for stress and pressure. Allow yourself to feel, to grieve, to cry out to God and to own that you are human. Know that your tears are never shed in vain.
Those who sow with tears
will reap with songs of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them. (Psalm 126:5-6)
As I drove home from my Mom and Dad’s last week I had trouble seeing at times through the rain…..at times through the tears……maybe, they are the same.
Resources for home study and worship
July 8, 2020
Below are some resources to help you think about what the peace of Christ means for you:
From Saint Francis of Assisi -
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow charity;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is error, the truth;
Where there is doubt, the faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light; and
Where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master,
Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying to ourselves that we are born to eternal life.
From Saint Teresa of Avila -
May I be at peace.
May my heart remain open.
May I be aware of my true nature.
May I be healed.
May I be a source of healing to others.
May I dwell in the Breath of God.
Spiritual Formation resources in a digital world (Upper Room) -
Finding peace of mind -
Flash Mob Ode to Joy - https://youtu.be/cxLbmnvMWM0
Safe Place to Land (Sara Bareilles with John Legend) -
Funny things - https://www.insider.com/funny-things-people-do-stuck-inside-coronavirus-2020-4#a-group-of-friends-in-texas-decided-to-have-a-photo-shoot-in-their-wedding-dresses-because-why-not-2