Updated: Apr 27, 2020
We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to all of our essential workers (and those who really are also, but were not deemed so during the quarantine), and all of our neighbors, family and friends who have reached out to bring food, comfort, a little bit of laughter, someone to talk to, or hope!
What a tremendous opportunity all of us have had during this quarantine to shift focus. Some have faced death and suffering, tremendous hardship in separation from loved ones. All of us sheltering in place, if we are honest, have had to see the consequences of our less-than-stunning parenting, our work and life choices that left us feeling either gratitude or disappointment when we looked in the mirror that had no easy escape.
The world has been in a forced "time out," and the question is, what have we gained from it? Hopefully, we have determined to take some steps to readjust both our priorities and energies. As a teacher, I always tried to impart to students that the definition of being a grown up is being "other-focused" rather than self-consumed, being willing to take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions. Hopefully, as we have been face to face with our own weakness and vulnerability, we have awakened to the One who can light our exit path out of this time and into something much greater.
Let's exit out of the frustration, the pettiness, the blaming, selfish whine of yesterday, and into a day of greater appreciation, respect, and love for those around us. Let's exit fear and look for the "on ramp" of healing and the true humility that opens our eyes to see where true hope comes from.
For God will never give you the spirit of fear, but the Holy Spirit who gives you mighty power, love, and self-control.