This week, I have been meditating on Psalm 27. It is a song of confidence and triumph as David seeks deliverance from his many enemies who are surrounding him on every side. “I had fainted, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living,” he writes in verse 13.
It is easy to “faint” (despair, give up, or quit) as numbers of COVID-19 diagnoses and related deaths rise hour by hour. So many of us are experiencing a cyclical pattern of emotions, including helplessness, anxiety, fear, worry, anger, grief, on and on. Whatever you are feeling at any given moment is your reality, and I encourage you to be ok with it.
Still, I am grateful for the many sign of goodness that give me hope:
One friend reported how neighbors brought her fresh fruit and eggs Sunday morning, totally unexpected and are now checking with her before placing their order to Fresh Direct.
Another friend shared how her 9-year old daughter insists upon lighting candles for lunch and dinner every day and how they are learning from each other.
Someone told me that he has been thinking about sharing his anticipated stimulus check with a person he knows who lives below the poverty line.
Members and friends are connecting in small groups and I receive emails and texts almost daily saying how much it is appreciated.
Several people have donated generously to the church with instruction for the funds to be used to help those in need and many others are faithfully making their 2020 pledge as best they can.
I constantly receive texts or emails from people checking on me. One friend insists that I eat properly, including green vegetables every day. Wednesday evening, she and I made dinner together over FaceTime: sautéed spinach, baked sweet potatoes and bacon (the only meat I had on hand).
To be honest, I might likely “faint” most days were I not able to bear witness to these good signs of generous love. They affirm what we know to be true – that love is the way, a more excellent way.
Let us keep praying, hoping, and loving one another as best we can. It is life-giving.
Grace and peace,