For Such a Time as This

I wrote this last year but find it’s relevance today, as we’ve travelled down this pandemic road for a year and some months now and once again welcome signs are hung out and doors begin to open for business.

It’s a strange world we live in presently and just easing out of lockdown and shutdown and isolation, we’re a bit still in shock and recovery mode. Nerves are frayed and some are shattered. It’s a fine line to choose how to get back into the swing of things, still keeping all safety precautions and guidelines intact. Many opinions shed a different light on the subject and yeah, some say this whole pandemic thing could be just a conspiracy, a hoax and some form of government manipulation, but, the thing is, there’s some kind of a vicious Coronona virus bug creeping around out there, lurking in droplets of the affected, affecting the lungs and the breathing of the most vulnerable and it’s taking people down a hard road and sadly many to their death. Now, how it got here, no one knows for sure and why it’s here, no one knows for sure, but it seems it is what it is, and it is real. Ask our front line workers in the health care system who have experienced mental exhaustion and worked their fingers to the bone, administering oxygen to the needy and being there for the dying when family and friends couldn’t be. Or ask someone who actually came face to face with this monstrous bug and lived through its gruesome diagnosis and recovery! It’s not pleasant and we really don’t want it.

So, we’ve successfully managed phase 1 of opening slowly and here we go, still quite in recovery mode, but still very eager to enter phase 2 of opening. It’s all good! It’s delightful to see patios set up with open umbrellas welcoming visitors for dine out rather than take out. Some stores are hanging out welcome signs to invite the public in once again, to share in some in some old fashioned socialization. It’s also a relief to see their cleanliness and strict, safety precautions as they carefully follow guidelines laid out by the health care advisors and our government. Failure to follow them carefully will give this nasty bug a foot in the door to begin another wave of disaster. The vaccine is here to help but it’s so new, so different and so untested that many refuse it and maybe rightly so! Each one has to be their own keeper and listen carefully to their heart on such matters. It’s not our duty to force it one way or another but it is our duty to do our part to keep ourselves and others safe?

Yesterday, traffic was heavy and roads were busy with frantic people sharing their enthusiasm for places to visit and things to do. Three months of Isolation shut down and quarantine with an economic nosedive, have been pretty hard-hitting and worldwide closures, of shopping, travel, fine dining, and sports just too much for an affluent society and culture, such as ours to manage wisely!

Now, effective, places of worship can open their doors once again and yeah, we may have thought, Christians were under persecution! Well, we’re not, at least not yet! It’s wonderful isn’t it, to know that once again we can enter our buildings of worship, free from that fear for now.

So, church doors are open and meeting together is possible once again but let’s remember, it won’t be the same as it was before, because not everyone handles the isolation of a pandemic, the vaccination and a re-opening of shutdown in the same manner and on the same level. Greeters will greet, not with friendly smiles so much as with point-blank questions about temperatures, travel and contacts, as they hand out masks to some who might not want to oblige. Some might be turned away because of restrictions. Seating arrangements will be different and that favourite seat once so comfy, might not be there anymore. Some may forget social distancing and come rushing over for a hug, without a mask and some might be more cautious than their enthusiastic friends and family choosing to be illusive. Don’t take it personally.

So, when the doors are open, what’s expected of worshippers? Some think it’s too soon, while others think it should have happened a month ago. How do we balance out, our fears, our guilt, our own healing and our expectations on all fronts as well as refraining to let what others think, dictate our next move?

At such a time as this, and above all, beautiful soul, do what you feel is right for you! If you choose to enter into the heart of worship, take care to bring to mind the ‘soul’ reason for entering is to “worship”, not criticize or socialize. Physical distancing from others is an important part of our recovery phase 2 to keep others safe and …. let’s be kind, as we enter those worship doors to take our places, refraining to cast aspersions and judgemental eyes on the “No shows” to so quickly size them up.

Open worship doors may subject some to guilt, if for them, recovery is still quite raw and the timing isn’t quite right to participate. Let’s not judge and make enemies because some might not ride the tide as we do. Patience and friendship will do more for gathering the resistant than critical, cynical thinking!

COVID 19 is a real threat and maybe nerves are still locked up and fears are real and difficult to come down from after a year and some months of lockdown, isolation and quarantine. Remember, recovery takes time and everyone runs on their own healing timeline!

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and, a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

So, to keep it relevant for today and this hour, there is a time for each one to make their own decision on how to enter into phase 2 and move on in their own timeline of recovery that God has for them. Give them the freedom to be who they are without pressure to perform to higher expectations.

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Everything That Comes And Goes

“I know that, whatsoever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it, that men should fear before him. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requires that which is past.”

Ecclesiastes 3: 14, 15

The book of Ecclesiastes is a book of wisdom delving into the depths of life and it’s somewhat meaningless meanderings but yet of it’s utmost importance. It seems so fleeting but yet not without purpose. The key to finding purpose and enjoyment is in remembering our Creator and keeping His commandments. Living them out in obedience to Him. This is what really brings about our joy and fulfilled life.

So today, make the most of what comes and goes as life passes by so quickly and days seem blown to the wind. So many things we once loved, and had and owned and enjoyed are long lost now, not because we didn’t want them, but because things change! We change! Seasons change! They come and they go and some of our treasures are no longer available for any number of reasons. Maybe lost, maybe grown, maybe torn maybe broken, maybe off the market, maybe just worn out and long time gone. Loved ones pass on and dear hearts remain as only precious memories.

So, the thing is, it’s okay to grab those sweet and priceless moments in time and remember back when! It’s ok to tuck the memories into your heart for safe-keeping to take with on the rest of this life journey, but to live there..No we can’t! Not in the past! The past is the past and although some things are worth the memory, other things aren’t! The bad, the good, and everything in between is kept by God, in the vault of heaven for safe keeping and you and I and we and us, we must move on, for we still have life coursing through our veins to make a difference in what is yet to come. We have life to be free to make choices and more memories for others to hide in their sweet minds for their sweet journey. So yeah, today, do what you can with what you have, knowing that too soon, it will be gone. Treasure tiny fingers, tiny toes, all that comes all that goes. Treasure little hearts and minds and those valuable, little souls in your care. Treasure aging hearts and souls confined to beds of sickness. Some to recover, yet some to move on! Learn from the past but live the life you still have to make a difference for others and for the future that lies ahead.

Make the most of everything that comes and everything that goes. But dear and beautiful soul, make it good, make it well, and make it sweet and make it kind ~ just as good and well and sweet and kind as can be and as you can, for the Creator has a purpose in your life. A purpose to make life more meaningful for others in your path.

So beautiful friend ~ Celebrate life! Find that purpose and know that joy today.

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Level Ground

Psalm 143:10

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”

I find it so interesting that David asks for God to lead him on level ground. Level ground is well-balanced and peaceful. Isn’t that the heart of God’s will for our lives? Balanced and peaceful even amidst difficulties. It’s so easy to over react to suffering and unfairness isn’t it? It’s so easy to be overcome with the desire to retaliate against those who have harmed us with words, gossip or cheap undermining. David knew he was being pursued yet he put His trust in God’s unfailing love.

It was here that he would know God’s peace, serenity, grace, protection and mercy. Do we, like David, know God’s will for us in times of distress? We need to ask God to balance our lives and bless us with these divine quality attributes found in Him, so that when danger lurks and enemies pursue, we remain balanced in God’s unfailing love and protection.There is no need to fight. No need to run anywhere but under the shelter of His wing. Now that is level ground! When we hide there, nothing else matters!

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Faith Enough

Little Thoughts For Big Days
Little Thoughts For Big Days

So when your faith doesn’t seem to be enough to move God’s hand into action, and when it seems that He turns a cold shoulder to your request, maybe it’s not that you lack faith at all, but just that your timing is a bit off. God’s timing is precise for exquisite perfection right down to the mi nut details. Each of His works are a masterpiece. His ways far beyond our thinking. Every little detail is well planned and brilliantly laid out for the very best outcome. His engineering skills are the top of the top of the line because He creates from nothing; In His holy perfection He can’t make a mistake, so trust Him to get the job done in just the right time and in just the right way. So when it seems your prayers don’t measure up to move the hand of God into action ~ just rest your weary mind and remember his faithfulness in the past. Your final chapter isn’t finished yet and most likely there’s a whole heap of good stuff going on behind the scenes that you know nothing of, and couldn’t orchestrate if you tried.

Persevere in consistent, faithful prayer for His will to be done and just leave it with Him.

Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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