Have you noticed how defensive people have become lately? You can see it everywhere. Not only has the crime rate risen during this time, but births have decreased when you’d think this time of isolation would only create more new life. I personally have felt the world closing in at times – kind of like being trapped in an elevator or locked in a room all by yourself with no way out. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. We’ve been like caged animals for more than a year.
Everyone seems more than a little on edge. Communicating electronically has gotten old for many. E-mails often become so convoluted you can’t begin to understand them. Folks are shaming folks for not getting vaccinated or not wearing a mask, or not going to church. The idea of caring for each other physically, spiritually and emotionally has taken a back seat to our own desires and needs. We’ve become hypersensitive also. Words that were used before, now have a negative connotation. We therefore must be extremely careful in what we say and write. People are disregarding the law on the roads as they kick the speedometer up to 70 mph or more. Folks seem more focused on themselves making those around them invisible.
We’ve also been expected to be tolerant of things that we may disagree with. It’s almost like we’re being reinvented by our circumstances. We’ve experienced mandates that change on a weekly basis. Confusion reigns at times. Some might call that adaptation. I’m convinced that it’s all a matter of creating fear and hopelessness in our communities. Further division will only come of it.
Dear, God, You know the perils we experience day in and day out. You are with us through these dangerous times. You know the reasons for what’s going on and you have already mapped out the solutions. I place my trust in you to fix our world, but I also believe it’s up to us to take the first steps – reaching out to help each other – building and encouraging those who are troubled – giving the gift of the Gospel to those who will listen – praying – focusing on the good things that have come from the pandemic. You are our Deliverer, our Mighty Fortress, our King and God. You will show us the way. I praise you and ask that you keep us all safe. Amen!