How are you?

How are you doing? I just wanted to check in and see how things are going.

Times are tough out there. Lockdowns. Job losses and cutbacks. And let’s not forget that Wuhan Flu.

There’s so much going on that the lives we once knew are fading fast, morphing into something new that is yet to be known.

I hope you’re doing okay with whatever’s going on in your life, especially that you and yours are alive and well and able to face the challenges at hand. It’s hard when life gets in the way, or worse it ends. My prayers are with you that you may move through it with peace and grace.

If you’re like most of us, probably somewhere along the line something triggered a fear in you. Don’t beat yourself up over it. But don’t let it break you or drag you down. It’s just another situation to deal with, to process and move on.

Everywhere we turn something or someone is trying to tweak our fears. In fact, it seems as if each new situation tries to outdo the one before and it’s ability to generate a fear response within us.

It’s as if God’s continually turning up the heat, both within us and within our world. Is it perhaps that when we get to the precipice, we’ll change?

Certainly awakening brings such changes, but it’s not wide-enough spread yet to avert the conflicts and problems of a world in chaos.

On a personal level, that heat is causing many emotions to boil.

Just make sure they don’t boil over. Then again, sometimes it’s needed. But if so, be kind and speak softly to those around you so you don’t take it out on them.

Money issues are triggering a lot of those fears. The prospect of not having enough, nor knowing where to get it, constantly lurks in these uncertain times.

Emotions can swing wildly, too. Moderating them helps, but it’s hard to be centered when your world is collapsing around you.

Sometimes despair can set in, making it hard to know which way is up. Whichever way you go, know it’s made one step at a time, so that’s where to keep your focus. Take care of what’s at hand. What’s coming down the road will get here soon enough.

It probably doesn’t help to understand that all this turmoil, fear and disruption are setting the stage for us to move beyond them into a new relationship with each other, and indeed with life itself.

What that relationship will look like will be determined by how we meet this moment and stand up to the tests it’s bringing.

While you’re working your way to get there, try to remember this when those moments of darkness hit.

Miracles happen.

Keep hope alive that a better tomorrow is coming.

God bless you indeed.

John Dennison
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