The creaking of a rusty gate

As we face this unprecedented global crisis, the President of the United States called for a day of national prayer, today. For the US, and the world. I like humility. In times of greatest need, Americans turn to prayer to help guide them through trials. I like what Steven Charleston said this week:

“The tweets grow silent. The bluster and bravura are hushed. No name calling can stop what is unseen. No verbal distraction can halt its progress. But in the silence and old truth emerges: disaster draws us together. What separates us is not as important as what pulls us together. We need one another. The hollow halls of our political rhetoric, where division strutted the stage, are empty now of their power, for a shared determination has replaced them. Our common humanity is showing through. Our fears, our hopes, our compassion, our courage: could this be the first sign of healing for a disease deeper even than a virus?”

This is my 131 st blog and it lines up with 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” It lines up with 1 Corinthians 13:1 in The Message this way: “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.” Hence the feature picture of a rusty gate taken in PortStewart.

Lean in and love one another. The couple below on a train in Dun Laoghaire are doing just that but they’re not adhering strictly to social distancing. This is a time when distance means love. 😊


Bryan Somers in Holywood volunteered to share he cut down from 6 to 4 squares in toilet paper. An act of sustainable love?

As I trust and obey the public health guidelines I’m curious about how quickly we’ve lost our freedoms.

For spiritual encouragement pray Psalm 91 over yourself, family, community and country. It’s a psalm of PROTECTION.

And, the link below explains how to flatten the coronavirus growth curve:

Published by Jeanette Dean

I'm a life long learner. I've been on a voyage of discovery since childhood so ask why a lot. I'm Irish and a bit American. I write because its freeing and healing. I love photography, theology, the natural beauty of Ireland and swimming in the sea year round. I see the world through the lens of Celtic Christianity but can try on other perspectives. The business of everyday spirituality has always fascinated me. I hope this blog challenges, inspires and encourages you. Perhaps you'd like to work with me. Please reach out to me if that's the case. I'd love to hear from YOU so please comment and let me know you are out there!

One thought on “The creaking of a rusty gate

  1. I loved this one and so agree with the ‘love’ verses and the protection verses and the squeaky gate. Let’s love in action and deeds not just words.

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