I will be honest. Social distancing and isolation is taking its toll on our spiritual wellbeing.
It is hard, but I want to share with you what we have learned to do in our Grace Groups.
Of course, it is more fun to get together with your friends, share snacks and jokes, listen to one another, and be present for one another. Just a few days ago this was what our Grace Groups were all about, but things have changed.
What has not changed is God’s presence and work in our lives! And we all need this reminder.
So here are a few tips on how to have your own impromptu Grace Group, whether you have someone to share this time with or you are on your own.
- Find a quiet place and start with a prayer. The Lord’s Prayer is always a good option.
- Now it’s just you and God, present in this moment. Be honest about what is going on with you and what you are feeling. Is it exhaustion, helplessness, fear, boredom, anxiety, stress, loneliness?
- What exactly prompts these emotions? This one may take some digging, so let me give you some suggestions:
- I feel insecure and unsafe because of my health, my job, my finances, my loved ones, interruptions in my normal routine, etc. I am pushed out of my comfort routine and stability.
- I feel helpless and out of control. I want to be there for people, I want to support them, but it seems like there is nothing I can do.
- I am just very lonely and I do not know for how long I can hang in there.
- If any of it resonates with you, then invite Christ to proclaim to you the good news, just as He did on the roads and streets of Galilee and Judea. Here is the Good News for you today:
I am God, and I am active and present in your life right now, even if you cannot feel it. My grace, my love, my forgiveness, my strength are freely given to you today. Even when your normal life has been turned upside down, I am with you. You are never alone, I am walking alongside you. I am the only true source of stability and safety for you, that is my grace. As my child, you belong to me. As a disciple of Christ you bring the Good News to the shattered world, and that is more than enough.
- Share your Good News with people around you. Say it out loud to yourself!
- Pray and give God thanks!
I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my solid rock,
my fortress, my rescuer.
My God is my rock—
I take refuge in him!—
he’s my shield,
my salvation’s strength,
my place of safety.
Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez
Associate Pastor of Grace Groups & Discipleship