Reflections From A Solitary Meeting For Worship
When the COVID-19 pandemic forced me into self-isolation in March 2020, I began holding what I refer to as a solitary meeting for worship on Sunday morning at the same time I would normally have been attending meeting for worship at the Arch Street Friends Meeting House.
Since I was meeting by myself, there was no opportunity to share a message if I was inspired to feel there was something I was being led to share. Therefore, I decided to adopt a practice I used once before of writing reflections on my experience and sharing them with other Friends. I did this many years ago while participating in a prayer vigil for peace on Independence Mall. Those reflections were collected in the pamphlet #358 published by Pendle Hill, noted elsewhere on this website. Writing brief emails enabled me to reflect on what I was learning from the experience so I thought that writing similar reflections might do the same for my solitary meetings for worship.My first reflection was written at the end of March and I’ve continued to be inspired to do that weekly with the intention of trying to keep it up until my self-isolation—or the inspiration—ends.
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