From Your Minister

My heart is still singing from the beautiful, active, wonderfully participatory Installation. Thank you to every single person who contributed to this grand event. My family was so delighted to meet you all, and we are still talking about the many elements that were done so well – from the march of the Minutemen to the incredible reception. Thank you. Your support will sustain us all.

We are in the midst of Passover and of Holy Week. These are sacred times, and people of our Jewish and Christian traditions are contemplating life and death and freedom from bondage. In the midst of this came the sad news of a Lexington teenager, Ilana Virgile, who has taken her own life. We all have worried that the stress level of our beloved children would one day become overwhelming for somebody. We grieve with Ilana’s family and with all of Temple Isaiah who mourn her loss.  

If you or your children would like to talk about this outside of school, please know that my door is always open. Just call and confirm if you are coming. In addition, as you probably know, we host the Lexington Youth and Family Services here at First Parish. They will be open from 3-5 everyday this week, and from 3-6 on Friday. Any youth or family from First Parish are more than welcome to come and find support at LYFS, and benefit from their focus on teen suicide prevention.

When I am faced with sadness such as the news of young Ilana, I see again the fragility and beauty of our lives. I hope that you will take time this week to hold each other tenderly, to share your feelings with others, and to recognize the sacredness in the life that you have. May this time of reflection bring you closer to the Holy. And may we find time to prepare for our Easter celebrations in the midst of all that is. It will be good to share the joy of life itself when we next see each other.

In faith,
Rev. Anne