A Message from Pastor Bill: Coping with the Corona Virus
Coping with issues surrounding the Covid-19 crisis can provide us with many challenges and stressors which we are not accustomed to dealing with.
Rabbi Steven Leder, author of the book, “More Beautiful Than Before” provides some solace during the stress of the coronavirus crisis. “We know we have the ability to survive loss,” he says. “In many ways we’ve been here before, and that’s important to remember.”
He stresses that we have been here before and we know how to deal with loss, the stages of grief and the ability to survive.
He asks three important and thought-provoking questions.
- What is the most important thing you have ever been through? Compare it to the current situation.
- Is this a problem or an inconvenience? If you’re bored, it’s an inconvenience, it you’re ill, it’s a problem.
- What can you do for the next hour that will be meaningful? What will make you feel productive?
I think it is important that we stay informed. It’s better to know the facts that to be in fear. Keep connected with family and friends, at a distance of course. Do purposeful relaxation such as meditation. Attempt to create as much normalcy in life as possible.
And one of the most important things is to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally. We are not used to isolation and loneliness and it can certainly play havoc on our mental wellbeing.
And of course, let’s focus on what God has to say about coping.
2 Thessalonians 3:16
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.”
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
“Hearing this, Jesus said to Jairus, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe, and she will be healed.’”
“The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them”
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
“Jesus was indignant. He reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’”
This is a particularly difficult week since it is Holy Week, a time when believers are usually together worshiping and preparing ourselves for the celebration of Resurrection Sunday.
Just remember we are all together in spirit and with each other’s support, we will weather this storm.
Stay safe and healthy.