Courage does not happen…

Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life. Shannon Alder

Meditation: This new experience of collectively needing to change our life style due to a natural threat has been something I have been intentionally avoiding to think about or imagine. What about you? Themes like climate change is another question I have been avoiding as well. As it is coming on so slowly, I have not had to make major life style changes yet. However, a virus is another thing. It is here today, it is invisible and by the time the symptoms show, it has spread to hundreds of people within a week, unless we take precautions. Courage means facing the question: “Might our convenient life style change for a long time? Might we need to learn how to adjust to nature’s ways? Do we need to learn new ways of stay connected emotionally, spiritually, auditory and visually instead of taking the physical presence with each other for granted? Courage means learning something new, even when I don’t want to. It means learning to use technology in new ways. It means balancing home and work life in a new way. It means taking care of myself and my family in a new way. Courage means to learn many new things in a short time and become creative, even when it feels scary and overwhelming.

Prayer: Creator God, we so often think that we as humans are the center of the universe. And then nature reminds us how vulnerable we are individually and collectively. This social distancing time is challenging as we are facing questions we often try to avoid. Fill us with courage: Help us to embrace making mistakes while learning new things, and help us to teach others who are even more afraid than we are about new technological ways of connecting. Amen

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain. 1. Corinthians 15:58