STAYING CONNECTED IN A TIME OF ISOLATION, Day 76

Practicing our faith through the times of the Coronavirus

Each day our Pastor will post a message to keep us connected while the Church is closed.

Day 76, May 28, 2020
“For whom the bell tolls”

During another time of a sweeping sickness, three waves of a great plague swept through London, taking the lives of one third of the population. It was a devastating pandemic. Suffering with all of the symptoms of that deadly disease, John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London’s largest church, was quarantined. He lived in isolation as he battled the illness. Every time there was a death in London, the bells of the churches would ring.

In his isolation, in the midst of desolation, seeking to find consolation, John Donne was able to wrestle with his faith until he came to realize that even in death there was the comfort of knowing that all humanity is connected together, related in a mysterious and marvelous way. That came to mind when he heard the tolling of the bell.

Today we face the reality that 100,000 of our fellow citizens in the United States of America have died from the Coronavirus. May these deaths not be forgotten. May these deaths, each and every one of these deaths, serve to remind us that we are all related to one another, that none of us lives to ourselves alone. If we live, we live unto the Lord. And if we live unto the Lord, we live unto one another, for in our Lord Jesus Christ we are one Body. In this one Body, we weep with those who weep.

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

“No man is an Island, entire of itself;

Every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the Sea, Europe is the less,

As well as if a Promontory were, as well as if a Manor of thy friends or of thine own were;

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind;

And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls…

It tolls for thee.” John Donne (1573-1761)

Prayer: O Lord, we grieve the loss of life. Please comfort the families of all who mourn. May your peace that passes all understanding guard the hearts and minds of all who have suffered loss. In Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

Note: Philip Yancey has an excellent chapter about John Donne in his book “Soul Survivor”.

With the love of Christ,
Wayne