For many, the times in which we are now living is a time of stress. For some it is the loss of their job. For others it is having a family member in the hospital or nursing home that you can’t visit. Then there is being in the hospital or nursing home alone. But maybe the biggest fear and stress producer is the unknown.
Most of us have never had to deal with a pandemic in our lifetime. We are used to being able to go when we want to, wherever we want to. We are not used to staying at home. We are not used to doing without.
All the above can and does produce stress and anxiety. So, what are we to do?
John Wesley would often ask people, “How is it with your soul?” What he was really asking is: How is your relationship with God?
As I look back at my life and think about those times that produced stress, I can see that those were also times when I was struggling with my relationship with God. In the seventeenth chapter of the gospel of John we find Jesus praying that we, his followers, would become one with God, just as he was one with God. I have learned that the way we do this is by living into the image of Christ that we were created to be. That means we spend time in prayer, study, and reflection. These are all things that most of us have had more time to devote to recently. But do we? If you are feeling stress, I know that you can find some peace by working on your relationship with God.
How is it with your soul?
O God, thank you for the gift of Christ to show us the way to live. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!