We are living in a world that is going to have a “new normal”. As the events of the past few months have unfolded before us, we’ve felt many emotions. Fear, Shock, disappointment, loss, suffering, helplessness, hopelessness, and many more.
For some that are single or live alone, loneliness and isolation have been a big part of the past month. As well as those who have had to isolate because of infection by the virus. Or people who have been otherwise hospitalized, who have had to do so without the support of loved ones by their side.
Whether for a sickness, or lingering illness, or the joyous event of delivering a baby. Which has been bittersweet, both joyful and heartbreaking to not be able to share that experience in person with friends and family
At the same time, as we have practiced social distancing and followed the “stay safe, stay at home” orders that have been implemented in many states, we’ve felt a closeness to our families that may have been lost. We’ve been comforted by the fact that we are experiencing the same feelings as people all over the world. We’ve felt joy, compassion, love, tenderness, empathy for those working on the front lines and those who are ill. We’ve mourned for those who have lost their jobs and livelihood and those that have had to give up dreams that they’ve worked their whole life for.
Many of us have developed a great love for our leaders. Whether they be government, church, educators, scientists, healthcare workers, or even company owners who have come forward to help in the face of tragedy.
We’ve felt a renewed love for our Lord and Savior and his atonement and suffering for all of us. We have realized that we can not carry this burden alone. That nobody should carry these burdens alone. And so we have become united in purpose to eliminate and eradicate this awful virus that has infected not only our bodies, but our lives.
It has been incredible to witness the heroics of so many in our communities as we have faced the pandemic and world calamities (earthquakes and tornados, etc.). Our hearts fill with gratitude as we see a world come together through something that can’t be seen but only felt.
As someone who already suffers from mental illness and the effects of isolation that it can bring, I feel a deep compassion for those who have never experienced those feelings who now will find themselves in deep depressions. Whether from loss, unemployment, isolation, financial struggles or family dysfunction which may have become front and center. Or those who will suffer PTSD from witnessing the most horrible experiences one can imagine.
But I will forever be an optimist. I know that we CAN come together as a nation and as a world to fight this horrible disease. We can make our world whole again by the kindness and love and the attitude with which we choose to move forward.
Will it be easy? Absolutely not. We have all experienced something that will forever be implanted in our very souls. Something horrendous. But out of the ashes rises the Phoenix! We can rise as a nation/world. We can rebuild our world and each other instead of tearing each other down.
We can spread love and kindness and come together in a way that no one anticipated a few short months ago. We can find that “new normal” together. We can build a new world from the love and common ground that we’ve found through the most tragic of events.
We have been told that it may be much longer than anyone thought that we will be in this situation. Both fighting for our lives and fighting to stay healthy. But through this time there are still ways that we can reach out. There are still ways that we can stay healthy and maintain a good attitude. And with the Lord’s help we will conquer this pandemic while simultaneously building stronger families, friendships and communities.
Revelation Chapter 21
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…
A new normal? Yes. But possibly a better way of life? Most definitely!
All my love,
This week has been full of many different emotions. From fear, to pain, to empathy. Love and loss, heartache and more love. And then came a different emotion….connection. Connection to those around us who have lost so much this past week. Connection through seeing our city torn apart and divided asunder and now the connection of working together on cleanup and rebuilding what once was.
On March 3, 2020 in the middle of the night, a tornado ripped through the city of Nashville, Tennessee. It was on the ground for an estimated 60 miles, destroying everything in its path. It was an ominous site to witness the destruction and loss that came in a mere matter of minutes.
As I have read and seen and been part of this experience it has been both heart wrenching and heartwarming. But mostly heartwarming. I am amazed by our community of different faiths that have come together to clean up, repair, love and serve our neighbor. Especially those in great need, but also those that are sacrificing their time to help in the effort. They have come from near and far. The first responders and the subsequent responders that have also been taken care of by the many volunteers that have come together in the rebuilding of a community that has suffered greatly.
As I thought about this, my mind turned to another city in another place on another night at a different time. That of our Savior, Jesus Christ, whose blood dripped from every pore as he prayed for us that night in the Garden of Gethsemane. Can you imagine the pleas and the struggle that he went through as he saw devastation and destruction envelop cities all over the world? Cities like ours who were awakened with thunder and lightning so loud that it brought us to our knees with great pleas for safety and deliverance. As He witnessed heartache and loss unimaginable? His heart was so wrenched that he cried out to the Father:
He did it all for us. He walked the streets of Jerusalem carrying a mighty cross on his back, that was already raw with the open wounds from lashings that came from those who despised and hated him. A crown of plaited thorns that was placed on his head while blood, sweat and tears dripped into his gentle eyes as he walked.
He carried that great cross to the hill where they would then lay him on it and drive nails through his palms, wrists, feet and side. Then the cross was raised and planted in the ground and He suffered great pain, more than we are capable of comprehending, to complete the ultimate atonement for us. His brothers and sisters.
Our Savior, Jesus Christ continues to succor us in our times of great need. He loves us and watches over us. He speaks to us, if we are willing and ready to listen. His voice is not of thunder or of lightning but of a still small voice. One that pierces our souls and spurs us to actions. We are told in
1 Kings 19:11- 12 … And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
This is what I have seen this past week. This is what I want to remember. All of those who have listened to His voice. Whether it was amidst the tempest and storm, or in the aftermath of the destruction. I want to remember a city that came together to help their brother in great time of need. I want to remember the volunteers that came out, so many that they had to close roads to them so that the trucks hauling debris would be able to get in and out of the neighborhoods. And then buses full of volunteers whose hearts were drenched with love for their neighbors in need, came to help in any way that they could. From manual labor of hauling and removing debris, to bringing meals, doing laundry, storing valuables that could be retrieved. And packing up homes that had been condemned because of too much damage. Even offering free childcare to those hurting and those helping in the clean up effort.
It truly has been a sight to see and be a part of and one that I won’t soon forget. I hope that as we approach Easter in just a few weeks that we will remember the suffering of our great redeemer. And know that as we have all participated in this life altering event we have in some small way been his hands and his heart. He died for us that we might live again. And we love our neighbor as he commanded so that He might live in us.
One last thought I wanted to share that happened the day after the storm. I had been filled with a great anxiety as I am sure a lot of people have been feeling. So I turned to the scriptures in prayer for some kind of relief. I stumbled upon, or rather was guided to,
Helaman 5:12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.
And again, I was reminded that He did it all for us!
Hi guys! Sorry I’ve been so delinquent lately. It’s not because of my health I promise. I’m actually doing better than ever. I’ve just been spending time with family and have been preoccupied with more important things :).
I think that it is so important to recognize what is the most important and positive use of time. And that’s different for everyone of course.
I wanted to share some of the thoughts that have been on my mind this week as I have been studying with the Come Follow Me lessons. I already feel like I have grown so much. And the new videos put out… Can I just say WOW! So great.
So in my study the first week, one of the passages that struck me and has stayed with me is found in Nephi Nephi 4:6-7 And I was led by the spirit, not knowing beforehand the things I should do.
Nephi had such pure faith that he didn’t even question.. Nevertheless I went forth! Therefore I did obey!
I love the simplicity of those statements.
It’s a simple concept but hard to do. But one that will reap much success and happiness. The Lord keeps his promises. He will always lead us in a direction that will be for the good. He meets us where we are and then leads us to where we need to be.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (one of my favorites) reiterates Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding… He will direct your path.
So grateful for this inspired program and the way it is bringing the power of God so strongly into my life.
I read President Nelson’s talk from April 2017 “Drawing upon the power of Jesus Christ”. It was the perfect compliment to our studies
Jesus is the source of true peace and happiness. Learning to trust him to lead us in the best path is what he yearns for us to do.
Have a great weekend everyone.
A great year! I have so many things to be grateful for this year. Has it been hard at times? Yes of course. But I feel so incredibly blessed to have lived this life for another year. You know, I AM getting up there, haha. The 50’s haven’t exactly been my favorites. But I am working on having a better attitude about them :).
So I know it’s only been a few months since I started writing daily but I feel like the holidays are so important for all of us to be spending time with our friends and families. So I will be taking the next few weeks off of writing to spend building those relationships. I may possibly write one or two in between (just have to see how it goes), but that is the plan.
I am so appreciative of those that follow me and those that read what I have to say. I am humbled by those of you who have shared with me your feelings, experiences, emails, comments, and love this past year.
My health journey is on going and something that I will continue to progress through. I am determined to be able to continue on a good healthy path and hope that I can help any of you along the way who might be struggling.
Mental illness is no joke! It’s can be debilitating and life threatening. If you or someone you know suffers with any type of mental illness, please, please, please seek help or help them get the help they need. It’s out there and it can make your life livable and breathable again. Please don’t suffer in silence. Make it your goal in 2020 (a new decade!), to get your life back! Make it your goal to get healthy and happy, make it your goal to not just survive but to thrive! And above all, have joy!
I love you all. Merry Christmas!