Focus: Dealing with the Unknown

We are now in a time where we do not know what is happening around the world. We know that a virus has now traveled all over the world to do enormous damage to the people who live in almost every section of every country of our world. This pandemic has uprooted everyone into a panic that has addressed all ages.  How are we to cope with the unknown?  How do we accept the idea that we are not in control of our lives?  How do we face a problem when we do not know how to function in this world of chaos?

As one of the senior citizens who has been asked to stay at home, I am prepared to do so.  Most of the activities that I attend have been cancelled.  I have many projects that I can do for the next few weeks which can be done prior to the warm spring I hope to see.  Most folks can find many things to do in their homes to declutter, spruce up for spring and to get ready for the planting season.  If we have computers and television, we can keep up with all the news of how our nation and other nations are providing the various important rules of moving through this crisis.  Our leaders from federal, state and local governments are giving various reports and suggestions on how to take care of ourselves and our families. Many modifications and closures have taken place with our businesses, organizations, schools, churches and recreation facilities, which make changes in our lives.  We, as a nation, need to work together to get through this pandemic.  We can do it with patience, perseverance, faith and caring for one another.  We need to listen and follow the rules set up to keep us safe until we know the numbers with the virus are falling and we are reaching the end of the pandemic. 

What will we do for the next 15 days while we are under the emergency sequestration?  Maybe this is the time for us to be more aware of our family, friends and neighbors.  Maybe this is the time for extra prayers for those who take care of our families who are sick.  How about extra prayers, phone calls, notes and cards to those who are facing many medical challenges. This is a time for us to spend more quality time with our children.  If you need some ideas for the children go to  Check with your senior parents and neighbors to see if they need supplies from the store.  This might be a great time to call a friend you haven’t seen recently.  We can just sit in a chair and worry, or we can find ways to make our time at home special in many ways.  It is up to each one of us to decide how we will fill our days and nights as we wait for the time everything is fine and we can once again be out and about.

     When we are dealing with the unknown, are frightened and feel that we are alone, there is always someone we can turn to.  God is always with us.  Jesus is always with us and the Holy Spirit helps to guide us where we need to be. The Holy Spirit is our Strength to overcome those difficulties that we must face and conquer.  The Holy Spirit is our Comforter in times when we are afraid, when we need to make choices and when we need to be loved. For those who know our Heavenly Father, Jesus the Son and our Comforter the Holy Spirit, life can be lived with faith that God is always with us, no matter what the circumstances.  Maybe God is testing us to see how we behave in this time of trial.  Maybe God wants us to be separated from each other so when we come together again there will be more compassion and love for our families, friends, neighbors and those we disagree with.  Maybe when this pandemic is over, we will see how nice it has been when our nation and other nations work together for the good of all.  This is a prayer we can all use now.  Jesus taught this important rule thousands of years ago – “Love One Another.”  It is now the time for us to follow this important rule and be thankful that we made it through this trial.  We will be able to shake hands, give hugs and kisses, and feel free to voice our opinions with discussions of both sides without the anger and put down of those we do not agree with.  America is a great Nation.  Our nation was built around faith, love of one another and the thought that everyone is equal and that we are One Nation Under God with Liberty and Justice for all.  This is the America we know.  This is the America we want to live in.

I leave you with these thoughts.  The Declaration of Independence…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. 

Soulful Expressions:  Uncomfortable situations can confuse us, but they won’t derail us if we cling to the One who loves us, satisfies us, helps us, and whose right hand upholds us. Because, God’s love is better than life, we can express our satisfaction with lips that praise and honor God.

Declare today that you won’t stress over things that are out of your control.  People will be people, jobs will be jobs, but one thing is for sure…. God will be God …Let Him handle it!

Finally, I am writing this column on St. Patrick’s Day, so here is an Old Irish Blessing:  

May love and laughter light your days and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours wherever you may roam.  May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life’s passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!


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