Come to MeNew Every Morning | April 26, 2020
Words of Hope During COVID-19
Angela D. Schaffner, a therapist and the author of Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself, discusses how the absence of structure can actually be an invitation to find meaningful ways of experiencing our faith internally and practicing compassion toward ourselves.
I have a hunch that if Jesus were to walk down the streets of your town or city today, he would look around at all those who are isolated and disconnected and say something like this: “Come to me all you who want to belong, and I will give you a table to sit around. Come to me all you who feel disconnected. Come to me all you who are lonely, cut off, rejected, and marginalized. Come to me. Come home. Come be part of the family that I want to share with you.”
—Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant, Companions in Christ: The Way of Transforming Discipleship (Upper Room Books, 2006)
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“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)
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How great it would be if masses upon masses of people found Christ to be their Saviour during this pandemic. My dad made the comment – wouldn’t it be great if the person who found the vaccine for this awful virus was a Christian and would give all the glory to Christ as he was being lauded for his accomplishment. We must trust as God works in His mysterious ways. We must continue to walk with Him, even as we consider how minute we are. We must cling to Romans 8 – all of it – and know that ALL things work for good. Yes and amen. Father – draw us nearer to You, stronger in our faith, intent on magnifying You, regardless of circumstances.
Dad decided he was not yet ready to play golf. I spent some time with my friend – she got a new white Boxer, to go with her 4 year old white Boxer. The little 10 week old – bundle of energy – so cute, so brazen, so fun. The weather was warm enough – and she ordered out from a local Italian eatery and we sat on opposite sides of her deck and ate, while being entertained by the dogs.
Lots of rain overnight and through today, I believe. I have done little schoolwork the past two days and will be quite busy with it today.
I think that my time I’d quarantine and isolation gave me empathy for those who feel isolated even when they are with others. The phone calls, texts, Facebook connections, and kindnesses such as running errands and shopping for me meant the world to me. I did have bad moments to be sure when despite all of those things, I felt lonely and isolated. Most of all I missed David, who is the most wonderful of companions. It motivated me to think of those I know who for some reason, are isolated. I have an old friend who is disabled and in a miserable marriage. The isolation she feels because her husband is not a companion and and her loss of independence must be as debilitating as her medical issues. I try to reach out to her and others I know who may be feeling isolated in these crazy times. God is always with and will never leave us or forsake us. He is always faithful.
I took David clothes and personal items yesterday. His tech was kind enough to bring him to a lobby window so we could see each other for a few minutes. He was exhausted from his first day of therapy, but blew me kisses and gave me a big grin. It was hard to leave him, but I’m confident he is in the best care and thankful for his attitude. He is committed to working hard. I know he will feel discouraged at times. Please continue to pray for more recovery and restoration of his previous level of function. I thank all of you so much for your prayers for us and for your encouraging words to me. I am humbled and awed. I pray that all of us during this time of “enforced solitude” continue to find ways to connect with God and care for ourselves and each other. I pray daily for each of you and your needs and concerns. I thank God for the technology that makes it possible for us to connect. Have a wonderful Sunday, all.
I am very tired. I was up very early yesterday to go to the grocery store. I was busy all last week writing and choosing poetry to read poetry at a commemoration program I took part in Friday evening on Zoom. It was rewarding to have a part, it gave me a purpose and deadline, and I am thankful for the opportunity to contribute.
My daughter and I immediately apologized to one another a week ago after we had tense words with each other in text messages. Thank you for your prayers. There is tension again today, she is tart and demanding, and rather than reply to her emails, I eased away. I realize she is stretched with a five year old at home and her work as a therapist seeing clients on line. I recall my working days and how the pressure of a full-time job consumed a lot of mental and physical space. I ask for your continued prayers for her strength, as well as prayers for our relationship. She is difficult and I need to toughen my sometimes too-sensitive skin. Please pray for me to respond to my beloved daughter with wisdom and patience.
I am grateful to read David is now in rehab and that Ally and he were able to see one another through a window. I continue to pray for David’s complete recovery of strength and all his former capacities, and I pray too for Ally’s support and fortitude. I pray for Jill, her father, students, and colleagues. I pray for Julie’s continued relief with new medications, praying too for minimal side effects; and prayers for Megan. My prayers continue for all dear UR friends. May you all be well. Wishing all a blessed day.
ZOOM church today, yard work all done, organizing and cleaning done too. Letters sent off and a new supply of postage stamps. hoping for a Face Time with my daughter, wonderful meals, some train adventures with friends and cars rolling on the layout. Phone calls, emails, letters to church friends.
Perhaps a family ZOOM reunion. Staying safe, praying for all affected by the virus, Ally and David, Jill and her dad, Julie and Megan, Andrea and her daughter. grandson, Marcy and Mary. Need God’s wisdom to make the right decisions. Stay safe, be patient, and know that we are all in God’s hands. Thank You, Lord.