Greetings Beloved Church!
I don’t know about you but this week seems harder with the quarantine, especially after losing another beloved member of our church. It feels really heartbreaking that we don’t get to celebrate Kris Sergienko, Howard Holder, and Betty Long like we would like to and in a way that really honors them and their life. I am so grateful for the ways you have all cared for their families: those who could visit, those who sent cards and those who prayed. This pandemic has stolen so much from us. It’s hard not to get angry and frustrated at times. We really do pray, “How long, O Lord?”
This Sunday we are reflecting on the second pillar of Joy, humility. To be honest this one is a little more difficult to wrap my mind around. If anything, this pandemic has humbled us all whether we wanted to or not. This virus has impacted each and every one of us in small and big ways. At the onset of this, we witnessed our fellow human beings hoard toilet paper and cleaning supplies. Now the culture is shifting, as people are sharing their goods with one another. I never thought welcome home baskets from the NICU would include toilet paper! And what a precious gift it is! We see people making homemade masks for their family, friends and neighbors and even people they have never met before. We take a walk in the neighborhood and for some reason we are more inclined to say hello, make eye contact and wave. Why? Because we know we are all in the same boat. We are deeply affected by this hard time. We ache from the collective pain and trauma.
We are all trying our best to stay well while quarantining at home. Some days we feel like we are rocking it- others we think there’s no way we are going to make it. I don’t know about you, but I get frustrated with myself- when I can’t rise above it and just make the best of the situation. But I think that’s where we get stuck. We think it is all about relying on our own power rather than turning to God for help. Believe me, we all need God’s help in our lives right now. We are not going to be able to get through this pandemic just by our own stamina and sheer determination. Instead, we’ve got to rely on God’s power to see us through this. We have to trust in God during this time, because it’s way too hard to do it all on our own. When we can recognize that we need to turn to God, and trust that God will provide what we need in this time, we realize that we have been lifted up by God’s love and grace.
What’s one area in your life where you need God’s help but you are having a hard time asking God? I want to invite you to pray about it this week. If you want to share it with me, please do so I can be in prayer for you too. You are not alone. I am not alone. We are not alone. God is with us and God will see us through this- together!