Bishop Goff's Message for the Second Week of Easter

Un mensaje de Obispo Susan Goff en la segunda semana de Pascua

Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
¡Aleluya!  ¡Cristo ha resucitado!

As we continue to live with all of the emotions that are our constant companions in these days of physical distancing, I offer this meditation for healing.  It weaves together phrases from notes I have received since my cancer diagnosis. I pray that these words, written to me and now returned to you, will give you healing grace. 

En esta temporada de distancia física y todas las emociones que son nuestros compañeros constantes, ofrezco esta meditación para la curación.  Teje frases de notas que he recibido desde el diagnóstico de cáncer. Ruego que estas palabras, escritas a mí y ahora devueltas a ti, te den gracia sanadora.

            The Peace of All Peace Be Yours
               La Paz de Toda Paz Sea Tuya

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios. [i]

Peace and more peace.
Prayers and more prayers.
Hope beyond hope.
La paz del Señor. 

“Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul.”[ii]
God pour down genuine love and hopefulness
So the next few months go by easily.

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios.

God’s Spirit is binding us together
And sustaining us. 
Cristo renueva tu interior para que
todos vean la gloria de Dios.

We pray for you.
I pray for you.
Ruego a Dios, nuestro padre
Que ponga su mano sobre tu dolor.

God heard our prayers.
God hears our prayers. 
Seguiremos orando.
Let the healing begin!

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios. 

You’ve joined the club that no one wanted to join. 
It seems like more than any one person
should have to deal with. 
I admit to being more than a little angry. 

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios

There are sweet,
sweet moments
when we are aware
that there is only God. 

Be gentle with yourself.
You are the only you we have.
Relax like a goofy dog asleep on his back
Until you are all better. 

“In this body, no fear.
In this body, safety.
In this body, great happiness.
In this body, deep peace.”[iii]

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios

I can sort of see
The Holy Spirit right there
Hovering and blanketing you
With love and courage. 

I woke this morning
with you on my heart
and a gentle mystic whispering,
“All shall be well.”[iv]

Hugs to you.
Virtual hugs
Holding you tight in love.
Waves of healing love. 

The peace of all peace be yours this day.
Overflowing peace.
Living water to parched souls.
La paz incomprensible de Dios.

[i] Spanish translation of "The unfathomable peace of God." 
[ii] Emily Dickinson (254)
[iii] “In this Circle,” by Joan McMillan.  Music that Makes Community
[iv] Dame Julian of Norwich