August 26, 2020
Dear People of El Camino Real,
In this time of wildfire atop COVID, it may feel as though we are in the middle of the perfect chaotic storm—a place of upheaval, where we may cling to the side of our boat, wondering what will toss us about next … or what wind will blow that may send us into the depths. Fire rages and people are evacuated from their homes, their businesses, their parishes—many of us literally waiting for the wind to change.
Scripture reminds us that in the middle of the perfect storm, Jesus walked on water toward his disciples who were in that vulnerable boat; not only that, he called Peter out from the boat to walk with him.
In our diocese, I have witnessed with wonder as people have walked through these stormy times towards those in need. It is amazing to behold God’s beloved as they reach beyond their own fear, to stretch out a hand and offer solace, care, and a warm bed to another. This is amazing kindness and generosity.
Thank you for your continuing kindness, for your faithfulness, and for your resilience. Jesus continues to reach out his hand amidst the storm. And we continue to take that step forward into the place of faith.