Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Room of My Own: It is what it is

"When you believe in God, he will not give you more than you can handle; when infected with doubt during a time of crisis, you should respond by seeking the right answer to your question," the pastor said in a firm, yet affectionate tone as he accompanied me to the parking lot. In the corner of my mind, God's words lingered, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

The following day, in the shadow of this one-hundred-year-old church, I pause to wonder, “Am I as strong in the eyes of God and his mighty power as a true believer?" The path to the church entrance seems long ... and narrow. The pastor starts preaching at this much-anticipated Sunday Service.

social distancing 
spiritual nearing ...
sitting alone
on a long wooden bench
further away from myself

Note: The following tanka is the sixth entry:

shelves wiped clean
of hand sanitizers --
I have a footshake
with my new neighbor
behind his mask

1 comment:

  1. Here is an interesting piece on the relationship between "religion and science" amid coronavirus fears.

    Pray and wash: Religion joins with science amid virus crisis by Elana Schor, Associated Press, accessed at

    "Yet the act of prayer itself often proves fodder for political division over faith and science, and the government’s response to coronavirus is no exception. "