Friday, April 24, 2020


       Do you feel like you have lost a couple months? I do. Yesterday I went to the grocery. I met my oldest daughter there with her kids. Not to get too close but I figured I was as close to them as anyone else in the store. We all had masks on and I had my handy sanitizing wipes out to use. This set of grandkids are age 9, 3 and 5.5 months. I noticed that the little one was holding a toy and putting it in her mouth. So I missed it. The window. That 4-6 month stage where babies learn to pick up their toys and hold them. It makes me tear up a bit. She will start sitting up and even crawling in the next couple months. I know that this seems very trivial to all of you separated from loved ones by miles and sickness and maybe you have lost a loved one recently. I am so sorry for your pain. I am just thinking of timeframes, what happens within their bounds and not just what we miss but what can be accomplished.

       I am sure you have seen pictures of animals coming into towns, smog lessoning in cities and less trash everywhere. There have been people writing letters to relatives they haven't connected with in years, creative sidewalk chart art to encourage neighbors and friends, meals being taken to those we know who can't get out, people using zoom to connect, church services live streamed. The ingenuity is endless. Wow. I am so very thankful for those out there trying to make the best of this situation we are in. They aren't complaining, they aren't whining...they are encouraging, they are doing, they are thinking of the other person more than themselves. 
       Words seem trite in thanking all of the frontline essential people providing services and saving lives. I don't think we will ever think of them in the same light again. Matter fact ...what if we had an entirely new outlook on everyone? Yes, we still feel locked up. Yes, I too want things back to normal (which we may have a new normal) but we have all made it through the past couple months!Yay! And as hard as it is to miss that grandbaby changing daily or that daughter's wedding that may get cancelled or that trip to Hawaii with family that was cancelled...all of which are greatly distressing, THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Maybe when we do get back to our new normal. we love a little more, encourage a little more, and show a smile of kindness to those people we greet wherever we may go.
       Maybe I have shared these verses with you before. They are favorites of mine.
Psalm 37:23-24, "The steps of a man are established by the Lord; and He delights in his way. When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong; because the Lord is the one who holds his hand." These verses give me so much hope when I feel overwhelmed. I find it helps me to help others and choose joy. Once I get on the path of negativity I am pulled under. And what better verses than Philippians 4:4-7, "Rejoice in the Lord always and Again I say rejoice. Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving  let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, shall guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

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