This might be the first post I’ve written about a dog. While looking for inspiration this morning, I discovered this little sign my friend Mari painted for Max’s room (my dog)!
I’ve discovered during the pandemic, that Max might not be the only one who prefers the company of other dogs to people. We tend to complain that we are soooooo bored, or are missing hugs, or sick of eating at home all the time. I miss movie dates with my hubby, popping by to visit a friend because I was “in the neighborhood.” Heck, even going to the grocery store and realizing after locking the car and walking 1/2 a block, I DON’T HAVE A MASK ON!! It’s getting old. No doubt about it. But what does it say for our faith when we are constant complainers or whiny about the state of our life?
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
James 1:2-8 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.
There is so much unrest in our nation. It started with Covid19 and and only five months into 2020, the world is once again fighting an invisible enemy. Racism and police brutality. There is a lot of opinion, but on this page, today, I’m not sharing mine. Instead I’m making some suggestions to change the narrative and how we, as believers can support hurting people.
1. Educate yourself on a particular movement.
2. Work on your own habits and beliefs.
3. Research the local presence.
4. Take action in your community.
5. Go to a protest or demonstration.
6. Use social media.
7. Volunteer your time.
Lastly, choose to have conversation in a calm manner. Many social injustices bring out anger and hostility in people. Pray first, maybe even ask to pray before the conversation begins. Show your faith, not your emotions. Be a guiding light. Keep it real.
The Pieces book was written from scraps of paper (pieces). Living through Covid19, we are learning all kinds of new words. Social/physical distancing. Stay safe at home. Coronavirus. Flatten the curve. Pandemic. Self quarantine. Face mask. Ventilator. And my NOT favorite: PPE (personal protective equipment) i.e. mask, specialized clothing or equipment.
We have a friend living in Iowa, who’s neighborhood is a “petri dish.” She has been in a serious quarantine situation for 9 weeks!
There is a prayer going through social media and many church emails for the end of this virus. Would you like to pray it with me? I’m sure you know it by heart, it’s The Lord’s Prayer:
There is also a specific prayer for people on the front line, medical staff, healthcare workers, support staff.
Throughout my lifetime, I’ve enjoyed making french toast & bacon or sausage with OJ for dinner. “Breakfast for dinner.” I’ve also had ice cream for breakfast! These were usually times when I craved comfort food.
You may be feeling this way too. Covid19 has changed all of our lives, across the globe. No one is immune, everyone is at risk. Granted, we sanitize and wash our hands and do more laundry than ever before (I never thought that was possible!!)…we attend church online, most of us are more active; walks around the neighborhood, maybe gardening, etc.
Where do we go for spiritual comfort cravings? I’ve found I’m praying more; not just for the people I know or even my own community, but the world as a whole. Being incredibly grateful for those in the healthcare field, hustling like crazy people to care for those affected by the virus, or have unrelated issues. These people are overworked, underpaid, and I believe need much more cheering on. If you see someone in a healthcare uniform, buy them lunch, thank them for their hard work, drop off cookies to their mailbox if you know them.
God is working through all of us to lean on Him. Not just when the car breaks down or the oldest child is doing drugs, but ALL of the time, the good, the bad, the pandemic. He is our only hope. He is what we need.
Wherever you are, you are safe in the arms of Jesus. Lift your faith and soak up His Holy grace.
It’s a strange new world. Somber and oftentimes, lonely. I am not in the camp that God is using this to bring people closer to Him. I just don’t buy into that way of thinking. Man creates these viruses, man is responsible for the unwinding of Mother Nature. This was God’s paradise, until that fateful day when Adam and Eve realized they were naked and hid from God. God always wants us to turn to Him. In tragedy and joy.
But what about the people in our lives that we miss seeing and spending time with? How can we reach out safely? Our minister encourages us to make two phone calls a day to check in on friends and family! Send pics of your kids or make funny faces! A card in the mail is more of a treat than ever before! I’m sending a package of cards I hand wrote that can be distributed at local nursing homes. What can you do to stay connected?
Tell your kids to “phone home” if they are under 30, they probably won’t get the reference!
May you be blessed, healthy, and sane during this time of separation from your tribe.