Imagine that you have a structure in place, a way of doing things that brings order and predictability to a busy family life. Imagine that school, work, and childcare are all figured out in a way that helps everyone navigate their emotional, social, and psychological needs. Imagine that you have your life organized in a way that brings you and your family comfort … and then imagine that it’s gone.
Well you don’t have to imagine, of course. Neither do I or anyone else reading this email. The coronavirus pandemic came like a blizzard and swept away our “normal lives;” now we live in the winter and yearn for the spring. In week one of “Parenting in a Pandemic” we talked about how we’ve moved from the “logistical difficulty” phase to the “spiritual trial” phase of this moment. We’re surviving, we’re enduring, we’re struggling, and we’re getting there together.
Whether you have kids in the home or not, the trials facing parents are a helpful lens for seeing what we all need right now. Last Sunday focused on how we care for ourselves so that we can care for others. This week we’re going to focus on making peace, not just hoping for some peace down the road. And it starts with doing this.
Let’s get together this Sunday, 9:30 a.m. at fumcfw.org/live. Share with a friend, and I’ll see you soon!
Rev. Lance Marshall