I am watching the morning news and across the bottom of the screen scrolls the list of schools in our area that are closed for the rest of the week due to COVID-19. In January, we are usually looking at closings because of winter weather, not a global pandemic that is causing too many teachers and support staff to become ill and necessitating this incredible decision.
Stephen Hall, the Chief Communication Officer for Springfield Public Schools, reminded everyone that with so much beyond our control it is important to do what is within our control: stay home if you are exhibiting symptoms, wear a mask when you are out in public, and get vaccinated if you haven't done so already.
Do what is within your control when life seems out of control. Simple, good advice for all of us. What is within our control? For me, it’s taking time to reflect with Holy Scripture, particularly the Psalms and sit with these words that can beautifully describe what is going on in my head and heart. Pray. Pray with gratitude for the many people who are on the frontlines and every single day are going to work on our behalf. Pray with hope for the many on our prayer list and others the Holy Spirit places on my heart. Pray with expectation because the God of the Universe is listening with love and compassion beyond measure. Reach out. Text, call, write a note, send an email. Remember the importance of building and caring for relationships, always. Listen to music that lifts me up and reminds me of the beauty that music brings into this world. Christian music, yes, and Broadway musicals! Another listen to The Sound of Music will always lighten my day.
Read. Pray. Reach out. Listen. These are always within my control and have the ability by the power of the Holy Spirit to encourage and strengthen my heart. Simple. And if I may say so myself, good advice.