|Posted by communications on May 20, 2020 at 9:40 AM|
As I reflect on everything going on in the world and in my own home, I am reminded of three very important lessons that have influenced me over the years. The first is 1 Corinthians 10:13, “God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may have the strength to endure it.” The second is thankfulness for everything in my life and around me. The third is acceptance, one I often struggle with sometimes, but is so important in living a peaceful life.
The bible verse in Corinthians is one I sometimes find myself using as a mantra when faced with difficulties in my life. Lately it is one I think of daily as we face this historical pandemic occurring now. Many of us are probably feeling like I am that each day presents new challenges of homeschooling, working from home, emotions, social distancing and the list goes on. With each of these and others, I am reminded of my faith in God and that I will not be tested beyond my strength and that he provides the light to show me through it.
Thankfulness, by definition is the feeling of being happy or grateful because of something, which I have experienced by looking around in nature, seeing friends and family and most recently my role at St. Alban’s. So much occurred with our Youth and Children’s programs prior to Covid19 including renovating two church rooms, beginning our Ministry Architects work and mission, launching High School Sunday School, cultivating a new Middle/High School EYC Youth Group with St. Patrick’s and growing our children’s Sunday School offerings with song and our exciting new 4th Sunday program. Now, in the midst of Covid19, I am thankful for Youth Group Zoom meetings on Sunday evenings, extensive resources and curriculum both discovered and shared weekly with families and each Sunday School class, my new and very novice experiences with YouTube video messages to our children, our continued behind the scenes Ministry Architects work accomplished by our amazing Renovation Team, an attempted Thank You Zoom event for all of our Sunday School and Nursery volunteers hopefully to be rescheduled and of course I am mostly thankful for all of you and your unwavering support in the face of these historic challenges.
Lastly, acceptance, is about accepting what is happening and in doing so finding a peace from fighting against, worrying about and stressing over the coronavirus, social distancing, being in the house too long, no normal routines, no hugs from friends and many others. If we accept that this is just where we are now, we can begin to breathe into the fact that it will not always be this way and find an inner peace and faith that may just lead to us opening our minds to a new reality and new possibilities.
Peace be with you all!