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Bishop Ortiz Speaks to the Anniversary of the COVID-19 Pandemic

by MJ Crom on March 05, 2021

This week, Bishop Leila Ortiz shared some words of comfort and inspiration as we approach the one-year anniversary of the pandemic spreading to our city.

Grace and Peace to you from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

This month marks 1 year since COVID-19 entered our lives. As I share this with you, there have been 505,642 deaths in the United States alone and 2,497,406 deaths worldwide. All of these were beloved children of God and some were our family members, friends, colleagues… they had stories to tell, dreams, and ambitions. They still have names, our collective body grieves their loss, and they will now remain a part of our life’s story.

This story also holds the ways COVID-19 forced us to re-imagine how we function in a world with this invisible and deadly threat, and how we remain and grow as disciples of Jesus who worship together. Neither life nor ministry have taken a pause in the midst of this pandemic. Instead, both have grown in their demands and some would argue that these demands drained their bodies of energy, their minds of sanity, and their spirits of inspired creativity. And yet, here we are. Here we are in the middle of the Lenten season testifying and adding to our personal and collective story of death that leads to resurrection; adding to and actively participating in our personal and collective story of transformation.

Visit the Synod website to read the rest of her remarks, or watch the video to hear her thoughts.

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