We clearly face a couple of hard weeks ahead. As a Pastor, I want to offer some candid thoughts around ways we can navigate – albeit imperfectly – the next few weeks as the pandemic peaks.
It starts with this … no one in this situation is “grief adjacent.” Some no doubt wll be in a relatively better situation than others but this storm hits everyone. And, everyone will react differently to that hit.
Some will panic, catastrophize, moving towards a grinding fear of the worse. The pathologically optimistic, on the other hand, will quickly demand we ony look on the bright side. I would quietly suggest we avoid both those disparate polarities.
What we can embrace is the simple mantra we have always embraced here …. Life is blessed. Life is broken. Life is shared.
We need to hold space for those who find times such as these overwhelming. And we need to hold space as well for those who may be navigating it with more apparent ease than others.
Holding space means we don’t have to figure out which of the those polarities is “true.” We just have to hold people with love joined by the broadest “yes” we can muster. The third way.
Remembering always … God is here, too.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)