Faith, Family, Facts - Not Fearby Wendy Gladney on 03/16/20
We are living in trying times and I would never dismiss the severity of the current situation we are all experiencing. However, I would like to encourage everyone to not live in fear; but rather to take every possible precaution to be safe while living a full and productive life. The fallout of the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, has been tragic and my prayers go out to the families that have experienced sickness and death. In our humanity we must be there for those that need us while we continue to press forward. I recently read where when you don’t know what to do or say, just be kind and show compassion. This is definitely a great place to start.
Part of the fallout from this crisis has caused many things to either shut down, cancel or reschedule to a later date. The nonprofit I founded called, Forgiving For Living had a big event scheduled for March 22nd and we have to now reschedule. I actually was holding out thinking that we would be able to still move forward since it was a relatively small event (approximately 150 people), but as I sit and write this article things have heightened and being responsible we had to follow suit and reschedule for a later date. With my history as an event planner I understand the havoc this crisis is causing. People are getting sick, people across the globe are dying, jobs are being lost and people are afraid of what the future holds.
The Bible tells us that we will experience various types of trials and tribulations in this world, but that we are not to fear. This is not the first time we’ve been here. Over the years we’ve experienced things such as the Swine Flu, Zika Virus, the West Nile Virus, Ebola, Anthrax, and HIV/AIDS to name a few. They are all tragic and yes, we will experience some who will not survive. Nevertheless, we must not walk in fear, but rather hold onto our faith, family and do our best to learn all the facts. Oftentimes hysteria happens when there’s a lot of false information floating around, and people listen to and pass along half-truths. The way you can help is to make sure you verify any information you pass along.
As we continue to move through these trying times let’s not forget to keep “the main thing the main thing.” What this means is let’s not focus on things that are small and petty. Let’s show patience, love, kindness and forgiveness to those that may be really struggling through this chaos. Keep your head and remember this too shall pass. We will get to the other side. Take all the necessary precautions we are told to do. Take care of yourself and your loved ones. Check on each other, especially our seniors. If you don’t feel well, rest and get the proper medical attention. Practice social distancing and proper hygiene. These things will help, but some things we don’t have total control over, and we will have to wait for them to run their course.
Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen. We don’t know why bad things happen to good or innocent people. What we can do is try and figure out what is the message for each of us to take from any situation. Right now, would be a good time for all of us to get our own houses in order. First, start with personal relationships. Try and right any wrongs you may have with loved ones because we never know what the future holds. Get your personal affairs in order. Make sure you have your Trust, Will, finances, paperwork, etcetera all in place. While we get on with living, stock up on necessary items needed in case of an emergency. As for me and my house we will trust in the Lord. Sending out prayers to everyone.
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