June 27, 2021 – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

In our text for this Sunday, David mourns the loss of his beloveds, Saul and Jonathan. He is so grief-stricken that he doesn’t even want there to be dew on the mountains. Any expression of joy, as little as dew, feels like a slap in the face.

As we pass 600,000 Covid deaths in the United States, as we sit with those who mourn the loss of their beloveds, as the virus rages on in India, Cuba, the Philippines, and Brazil, how do we stop acting like everything is okay all the time? How do we be present to our individual, communal, and global grief, in a way that is authentic and has true integrity of emotion? And then, how do we not become so completely immobilized by it that we can continue to tend to those who are hurting?

Listen as Pastor Melanie Vaughn-West reflects on this passage, and how we move forward together as people who are called to share one another’s burdens, as well as the burdens of the world.