The past few months have been a struggle and as I write this it is early May. There have been many changes to our routines. For some, relationships have become strained. Loneliness, Zoom fatigue and boredom have been a constant companion for those of us not leaving our homes and going to work. It has been a time of loss and uncertainty of when life will return to what we once knew.
Through all of this grief and loss, there is hope. There is always hope in Christ. God has been slowing most of us down. Changing the way we do life. Pushing us to find new opportunities to encourage and reach out to others. Even in this season of COVID-19, there are blessings to count.
Time to finish that book, write those poems, have extended time alone with God. Visit (six feet apart and wearing a mask) with a neighbor you have only waved to from your car. Participate in several church services every Sunday.
There is hope, there is restoration, there is healing, there is love, peace and assurance from our Heavenly Father.
Here are a handful of scriptures that have helped me these past few months. May you be blessed as you spend some time reading how much God cares for you.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known. I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
Lamentations 3:22 – 25
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”