A Message from the Executive Presbyter, Rev. Joey Lee
I am sure that more than one of you has recently joked “What next, locust?” And who can blame you. Global pandemic, racial injustice, social unrest, massive wildfires, record heatwave, unhealthy air, a divided body politic, disputed scientific and medical findings, everyone sheltering at home, unless you’re an essential worker and therefore take on great personal risk. I’m sure I’ve missed something. Can we even take one more tragedy, disaster, or disruption? And please, no trite sayings, like “That which doesn’t kill makes you stronger.” Is that the choice?
How long, O Lord, how long?
And while I really would not mind Divine intervention right now, and certainly pray for it daily, we still have to deal with all this. Resilience anyone? We know resilience as the ability to adapt in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or stress—such as relationships, health problems, school, workplace and financial challenges. All of us have had, currently have or will have one or all of these. Our current situation only seems to compound. And yet, here we are. And yet, we persevere.
If you Google resilience you will find many lists of building resilience. Here’s mine:
· Be connected. Even during COVID, stay connected to loved ones and friends, those who will support and accept you in good and bad times. If you’re reading this, you are already a part of a church community that cares about you. I have used my cell phone, AS A PHONE, and had many conversations during this time.
· Remember. Remember how you coped with hardships in the past. What skills and tools helped you through those difficult times? Remember that you got through those times.
· Things will change. This much is certain. Accepting and even anticipating change makes it easier to adapt and view new challenges with less anxiety.
· Take care of yourself. Tend to your own needs and feelings. Pay attention to your body. Don’t forget physical activity. Get plenty of sleep. Eat healthy. Don’t forget your spiritual practices, yoga, meditation, lectio divina, journaling, quiet time, deep breathing and prayer. Pray some more.
My prayer is that each of you finds a way to be resilient in these challenging times.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13, NRSV)
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