I sought my soul, 

But my soul I could not see. 

I sought my God, 

But my God eluded me. 

I sought my brother, 

and I found all three. 


--William Blake (1757-1827)


    Our souls often record what we do not have time to notice.  Some of those things--things too awful for us to even want to notice--end up in our dreams at night asking for our attention.  Our scripture text for Passion Sunday includes a dream.  Pilate's wife sends a message to him to leave this innocent man alone because she has "suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him." 

  There are things we know that we wish we didn't know, and those things may occur to us in solitude.  Many of us live now in a forced solitude.  Some others of us live in a forced captivity with people we know we love, but wish we could get a little distance from.  It may seem hard to believe, but there is a gift in our current common circumstance, and that gift is custom made for each of us.  God, as always, knows exactly what we each need, and we are never isolated from Him.  

  The time of laughter, of telling jokes and stories around the table will come again, but in the meantime we can become connected to ourselves and to the God who made us.  There is a lot to learn about love even in this season of social distancing.  There'll come a day when we will connect with one another better than we ever have, just for having connected better with ourselves and with our God.