As I write this, I have one child crying because he wants to watch TV instead of doing school work. I have another child fed up with her little brother because he’s complaining when she’s trying to encourage him to do his work.
I am in my home office juggling two jobs while trying to keep the peace in my household so I can get some work done. Today I had a phone meeting with a sobbing child on my lap.
This is our current reality. We can’t see anyone else; all we have is each other. We still have our responsibilities, but we’re feeling the underlying stress of change and anxiety as well.
There is grief from loss of freedom, from loss of an income or the loss or illness of someone dear. Kids are grieving the loss of routine, activities and seeing friends. There is anxiety from the uncertainty. Will I catch the virus? Where is God in this mess? How will I get through this?
I have learnt through past traumas to look for the small blessings. God has placed beauty all around us, reminding us that he loves us and is blessing us. I can see how he has used this situation to help me focus on what is important.
All we can do now is wait and pray, and see what other blessings God will bring out of these difficult times. We can know his presence, no matter how long this season of uncertainty lasts. We can be certain Jesus is our hope.
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