We all know that during the pandemic we are in a time of crisis. Everything we know has been turned upside down. Our narrative of what we are comfortable with has taken a new direction. It has been difficult and for some even painful to be physically distanced, to remain safe and continually be mindful of the others. However, kindness and compassion are vitally important attributes to share with one another in these days. We are all in this together. No one is alone. As we enter the last week of the Easter season, let us remember Christ’s resurrection power is for all. May we sow its hopefulness abundantly throughout our day.
In our Monday evening book study discussion group, we are reading The Book of Joy. I am amazed to see the joy that comes through the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Tutu. Both have had to deal with traumatic situations in life. Exile and disruption, apartheid and racism, yet they choose joy as a way of life. Where are you seeing joy, was the question to begin the discussion? Many answers came in the form of joy of family and milestones of defending dissertations. Watching springtime through nature, birds hatching and even caring for people in need. Where are you seeing joy in your day? How is Christ’s resurrection power helping you? Where is God’s love coming to life?
Jesus modeled for us a life of kindness and compassion filled with joy. He endured the difficulties of life, suffered, died and rose from the dead. Jesus was abandoned, but he has never left us through the gift of the Holy Trinity. Let us look around amid the pandemic and see the joy that surrounds us, where God’s love is coming to life.
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,