There's alot about this whole Coronavirus situation I can't seem to wrap my mind around, but one of the things that's most hard to believe is that, next month, the new year, we all had so many hopes and dreams for will be halfway over. Isn't that insane? Time during social isolation seems to be flying by and moving at a snail's pace both at the same time.
Some mornings I wake up feeling positive and hopeful about it all. I feel we're adjusting to our new normal of virtual learning and social isolation and feel positive that we'll be able to move back toward our normal lives soon enough. Other mornings I wake up and just feel so sad. Not over the loss of busy--it actually feels pretty peaceful looking at our open calendar. I feel sad about so many other things, though. I hate hearing story after story about people coming down ill or passing away from this thing. I hate hearing about mystery children's illnesses and medical workers having to be separated from their own kids. But maybe what makes me saddest of all is that, during one of our darkest hours, we seem more divided than ever as a country.
Every new piece of news about the virus seems to result in people picking teams, huddling up, and trying to take down the opposing one, spewing hatefulness at the other in an effort to win. But, in a time like this, proving the other wrong doesn’t feel much like winning to me.
Even if I disagree with a brother or sister, I refuse to try to bring them down when there’s a chance they could be taken down tomorrow by the enemy we should be fighting together. I believe every crisis is here to teach us something and if this one is here to teach us to value & appreciate those who could be gone tomorrow, I think, by and large, we’re really missing the lesson.
I don't have an answer; well, I do, but it's as simple as it is complicated. For me it's imagining all the people living life in peace--that simple concept that seems to be so hard for us to execute because, well, people just don't all think the same way. And spending precious time and energy online trying to convince others to see things the way we do is just pointless.
All we can do I suppose is take control over ourselves and our interactions with other people. This Sunday morning, if you can't go to church, bring the church--to all your interactions, in person and online. Instead of being angry about the restrictions that keep you from being there, consider what it is you love about it & bring that to your day and your people.
Is it the worship? You can still read the good word at home.
Is it the fellowship? Call a friend and brighten their day by just listening.
Is it the perspective and peace you feel when you make yourself, that one morning each week, sit in silence and pray? Do it!
Oh and remember those people you would shake hands with at the end--the ones you look in the eye with a smile and say "peace be with you"? Let's not just say those words but actually bring it wherever we go (actually or virtually) and remember that people online are still people, even if they have wildly different beliefs than you. Maybe this is a good opportunity for all of us to walk our talk--to actually embody the things we say.
If we can't go to church today, let's do something that really tests our faith. Let's embody it--the love, the peace, the compassion--with every person we interact with...even (and especially) with the ones who make it hardest.
I'm Krissy & I'm so thankful you're here. Teacher-Mom life is rewarding but it's tough--we need fuel (& each other) to keep going. I hope this is a place you can go that feels like caffeine for the soul--uplifting & highly addictive ;) Check out the categories below and, if you like what you read, subscribe to make sure you always have good Sunday morning reading to go with your coffee :)