COVID 19 Week 5
Yes, we are into week 5 of our COVID 19 shut down. I am sure some of you are climbing the walls. One of the things we are advised to do in order not to become a “lump” on the sofa, is to develop and stick to a daily routine. For some of our seniors the discipline of a self-directed routine is not something new, but it is not broken up by social contacts anymore. For others, there has been a reliance on work and social activities to pattern the day (and weeks). No matter where you find yourself on the spectrum, we all are being challenged to develop a meaningful, self determined, daily life pattern. In order to help in this, I am attempting to provide activities, guidance, and examples of what you can use as part of your daily self-discipline. Of course, these are all faith based and done with the idea of enhancing your faith journey. Maintaining a healthy spirit is only part of healthy balanced life. One of my favourite scripture passages on this topic is 1 Kings 19. Elijah had won a great spiritual battle but was finally emotionally overwhelmed. He ran, escaped into the wilderness and depression. So, what did God offer him at this incredibly low point? God had him eat and rest. Once his body had been strengthened, refreshed, God reminded him that he was not in this alone. He was part of a bigger picture and it was time to connect with others and get back to work. The point for us, we need to maintain not just our spiritual health but also our physical and emotional health or despair and depression will set in. This period of isolation will pass. When it does, we need to be come out of it stronger than when it began, both spiritually and emotionally.
Stay safe. My God be with you, now and always.
The Reverend David Warren