Lockdown Lessons

What does the Scripture say?

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; be wise enough to desist. Proverbs 23:4

But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:33-34

“But now, this is what the Lord says—he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.’” Isaiah 43:1-2: 

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Gather your strength while you can, for the struggle will continue for some time to come. Turn to your spiritual center, your wild inner land of the sacred, and step into the source of your wisdom. Listen to what your heart tells you. Follow the threads of your own reason and open the toolbox of your common sense. Do this inventory of hope now for you will need all of these resources to navigate the shifting landscape before us. Fear will outlive the virus and distancing will return to what it once was: the partisan divide that separates us. Gather your strength while you can. The old struggle will soon seek the stage once more.- Bishop Steven Charleston

I am learning to trust the journey even when I do not understand it.- Mila Bron

Keep a Christian from entering the church sanctuary and you have not in the least bit hindered his worship.  We carry our sanctuary with us.  We never leave it. - A.W. Tozer

This isolation has created a lot of loss for us; the loss of physical connection, jobs, people, freedom, and routine.  We need to name this as grief. The five stages of grief give us a scaffold to understand what to make of our experience. I would add a sixth stage, that of finding meaning. -David Kessler (paraphrased from a podcast with Brene Brown)

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