No doubt this was an Easter unlike any you have ever celebrated. In Colorado we had snow, which is not unusual. (this picture is actually from a few years ago – today we only had like 3 inches but more on the way)
But the hustle and bustle was definitely missing. And seeing family and friends at church.
No new clothes, no egg hunts or even Easter baskets because we’ve done no shopping for several weeks. We’ve only ordered what we absolutely needed and gratefully tipped delivery people for bringing them to our door.
Some of our family have been able to keep working from home and some have lost their jobs. Some are very high risk and some are not but have chosen to stay at home to protect the rest.
A couple of us are retired, and feel blessed for that. But some of us were dealing with additional stresses and barely hanging on even before the coronavirus hit.
We are connecting, probably like you, with skyping, Zooming and lots of phone calls. But it isn’t the same.
I have talked with a lot of people who have cleaned, and organized, and started indoor exercise programs. Others who have begun to read those books they’ve had stacked in the corner for a long time. Some are on call to help others get groceries and needed supplies or take a neighbor to the hospital. And some friends have become famous on Facebook for doing videos on gardening and cooking shows, sewing face masks, and encouraging us all.
Most of them have brought up that they have made some kind of inspirational re-connection with their spiritual life. Whether it’s reading the Bible every day now, or making time to pray – especially for good health and friends who are sick or in the hospital – or simply seeking time with their creator to hear from Him through nature or these circumstances.
Let me encourage you to do the same. Just set aside some time where you can be alone and quiet. If you need to set the stage by being inside or outside, anywhere you can relax is fine. Some like a candle with a pleasing aroma. Some like a water fountain bubbling. Some like music, others, total quiet. Some like to start by reading scripture to focus their mind on God or singing a praise song.
Then, when you feel calm, simply ask the Lord to speak to you. To share something with you. Ask that He open you spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear whatever He would choose to reveal to you.
I am praying that you will Hear More From God. And that He will give you the wisdom and discernment to understand what He is communicating to you.
Leaving you with this youtube video of a lighthearted, inspirational take-off of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Written by Kristi Bothur and originally named “How the Virus Stole Easter.