Day 40 of California’s Shelter in Place
I’m feeling so over it, but it’s not over.
The threat of coronavirus hasn’t ended, and the economic recovery process hasn’t even begun. We can’t cancel the terrible journey we’re on, but we could take home the only souvenir worth receiving during hardship: authentic growth.
This crisis is unavoidable.
The only thing avoidable is personal growth.
We didn’t choose this mess,
but we can choose how we respond to it.
Jesus suffered in the wilderness without friends or food for forty days. His trials didn’t stop when he came home. Noah’s family endured forty days of steady rain on the ark. Their voyage wasn’t over when the rain stopped.
How did Jesus get through it?
He knew who he was and what he was called to do.
How did Noah get through it?
He knew who God was and what God called him to do.
Who is God?
I like John’s answer to this question. After years of processing all he’d experienced as Jesus’s disciple and as a leader in the early church, John summed it all up very simply: God is love.
Who am I and what am I called to do?
I’m Susan. Just like you, I’m a unique shiny-living-mirror tile on this beautiful disco ball we call Earth. Just as the earth reflects the sun’s light, I’m here to receive and reflect the love of God.
You and I are here to love and be loved.
We face a pandemic and an uncertain future.
Love’s our highest and best possible response to this crisis.
Love for & from God.
Love for & from our neighbors.
Love for & from each of us.
What’s love look like?
Anything which supports growth and health: physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Love is why many of us stay home and why scientists search for solutions.
Love empowers profound heroism,
plain compassion and everything in between.
Love transforms us.
I’m seeing a lot of love lately.
Customers spontaneously applauding grocery store workers.
Artists drawing beautiful chalk messages on sidewalks.
Medical personnel serving their patients.
Neighbors taking good care of themselves and following safety guidelines.
Musicians performing on their porches.
A teenage girl in our neighborhood raising over $7000 for the local food bank.
Find a way to love, today and everyday.
When you do, post a comment here and tell us about it.