A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
May 24, 2020
Jesus is with us always
May 2, 2020
So how is everyone doing with our current limitations? I for one, do not enjoy the disruption in what I came to know as my “normal schedule”. I think what I struggle with most is the ambiguity; the unanswered questions about how and when this might be over. I wonder if social distancing, face masks, distance work and learning will become part of a “new normal”. I pray not. I long to be with community!
How are we to deal with the emotions that arise in us when we are challenged with a new reality? Most often we have some inkling or at least some time to prepare for a new normal when it comes our way. We might even
enjoy the anticipation of a change in life that promises to bring new life; expecting a baby, looking forward to a job advancement, a wedding or engagement or even physically moving to a new place. But you see, those are things that we actively plan in our lives and we have some measure of control over. So then, dealing with a pandemic and how it affects change in our lives is really foreign to most of us.
I have found myself emotional to the point of tears in dealing with the unknown in this new normal we are living. If I take time to feel that emotion, others arise; fear, a sense of loss, loneliness, anxiety and of course a longing for the way things “used to be”. However, when I take these feelings to God in prayer and release all of the varied emotions, I feel a sense of comfort knowing, first, I am not alone in this; everyone, literally all of the world, is experiencing this together and secondly, that we as a people of the world are not alone, for God is with us.
Believing this, understanding the presence of God in my life is what is helping me to deal with this uncertain time. Knowing, by faith in Jesus Christ, that out of uncertain and uncomfortable times new life so often follows, brings me peace. It is only with God that I feel this. It is only with God that I can look forward to the promise of new life to come.
We are an Easter people. We understand life after death and destruction for Jesus lived that for us. Let us surrender ourselves, our fears, our anxiety, our loneliness and the uncertainty in our lives to God. Let us truly surrender. And let us all look to Jesus to help us know that life beyond this pandemic may be filled with new life beyond our imagining. It was Jesus who led our world from darkness and uncertainty into the light and the promise of eternal life with him. Let us rejoice as his Easter people and let us be at peace throughout this life’s journey knowing Jesus is always with us.