Staying in and the light at the end of the tunnel

Gracious!  The news is overwhelming, and the buzz words of the day are something like, “social distancing”, “flattening the curve” and “quarantine”. 

Staying in?  Current events are keeping most of us tucked away within the confines and safety of our homes.  Daily routines interrupted, simple pleasures and social engagement have been turned on its ear.  It makes one wonder about the simple things – the small gesture of a stranger holding the door open.  Perhaps it’s the daily stop at your favorite coffee house where your morning cup is crafted by a human being, someone whose hand brushes against yours, accompanied by a smile.    

Times like these may have some feeling a wee lonely, somewhat isolated and maybe even a little bit bored. 

Daily prayers have each of you in my thoughts, wishing you all peace and good health as we journey through this together.  Together, yet apart – we’re practicing “social distancing” as they say, trying to minimize the risk of spreading the virus, all the while keeping ourselves busy, productive with the work we are here to do.  Each of us on a singular journey, yes, but together we support and lift one another up as we all press on. 

“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!”  Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

How do we lift each other up?  Here are 5 things you can do right now – but first…

… How about a cup of coffee?

  1. Call someone who IS alone.  We can’t visit assisted living homes at the moment, but how about a call to someone who’s needing some encouragement?  Welfare checks are free yet valuable.
  2. Read a book.  You know all those “good reads” you’ve been meaning to make the time to consume but have found your drowsiness prevails at bedtime?  Grab a story, cozy up, sip up and read.
  3. Play a game.  The little ones are home from school.  No one is going out to play.  How about a game of chess, checkers or Twister?  Hide & Seek is doable indoors and so is T-ball (as long as the ball is connected to a string, or it’s made out of spongey material!
  4. Cook something delicious for your family.  Look inside the pantry, what can you make with some rice, chickpeas and all those beautiful herbs and spices?  Lacking some ingredients?  That’s ok – be creative.  Food made with love is nourishing.  It not only provides sustenance but can really satisfy the soul.
  5. Share.  That’s right, share.  Whether it’s an encouraging word by phone, via email or on social media – share something positive like a home-cooked meal or order you’ve placed online and shipped to a friend – share.  Remember, we are all in this together.

Blessings to you and yours – until next time.

Father Michael